Currency of the Union of American Republics, from the year 2028Read More
I'm an artist. My work includes drawing, writing, music, sculpture and video. I'm also involved in the design and production of new currencies and economic systems, and I give lectures on art, culture and theory.
I've always liked to live between fine art and applied arts. Fine Art offers a space of pure expression, while Applied Arts puts expression to work in the world. In terms of banknote production, I see the role of art to ultimately redefine the human financial system, at a time when our financial system will be redefined by necessity.
I've been interested in the concept of money and the design of banknotes since childhood. I can remember making crude forgeries without Photoshop, and using a school photocopier to print 'sheets' of notes. The rest of my time was spent drawing and painting. After school, I took the Foundation course at Leeds College.
Slade interview polaroid (2004)
Sunrise from the roof of Cooper Union, New York
Near the site of 9/11, September 11 2006
I graduated in 2008, then the financial crisis of 2008-9 took place. I became obsessed with researching the nature of money, global politics and emerging trends in as-yet-unnamed fields. These interests inspired gallery shows, books, writing and global travel, and eventually led me to completely reject a typical gallery artists' career.
I returned to something that had always interested me: money, and the design of paper money. I really consider the banknote to be the ultimate art object, with unending creative possibilities. I design money and other security documents for countries, regions and organizations.