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  • I have been painting on money for more than twenty years, re-shaping its content and context in order to question a prevailing emphasis on money in our world. Working on paper notes has also allowed me to explore ethical, political and aesthetic questions that surround notions of agency and currency. 



    artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Syrian Serin /Serinus syriacus 

    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Greek paper currency.
    size: 5 9/16 x 2 1/2 inches; 14,2 cm x 6,4cm

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    As an artist, currency is my medium of exchange with you. My currency is painting and drawing, my mind, ideas and spirit. Money is what is there, currency is what I have added. Painting on money gives me some power to determine (rather than be controlled by) money’s function within society. This relates to the concept of agency; it explores the extent to which we have the power to define (rather than be defined by) the currencies in our culture.


    artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Tree Sparrow/Passer Montanus
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Greek paper currency.
    size: 6 1/8 x 2 3/16 inches; 15,6 cm x 5,6 cm

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    My love of birds and ornithology is the point of departure for this recent series of currency work.

    The contribution of global economics to climate change is deeply disturbing and is altering and destroying some of the habitats that migratory birds depend on. Birds and other life forms are the, so-to-speak, “canaries in the coal mine”. In many early cultures birds were seen as messengers, and were venerated for their ability to foretell future events. Many bird populations are declining worldwide and Bird Life International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed 1,227 species as threatened in 2009.


    artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Bonelli's Warbler/Phylloscopus bonelli 
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Italian paper currency.
    size: 3 1/8 x 2 inches; 8 cm x 5,1 cm

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  • In this series, various bird species are painted onto and into defunct global paper currencies, as a means to both question and insert value. The series ask us to look beyond a purely economic perspective at the same time as it calls attention to  the intricate relationship between commerce and environment. It highlights the malleability of both human territories and bird habitats, as influenced by human behavior. Migration and habitat, both human and avian, find uncanny resonance as Europeans struggle with an ongoing refugee crisis; and as they grapple with how to live together culturally, economically and politically, within the Eurozone. The use of defunct currency suggests the fragility, instability and changing nature of political and national identity.


    artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Stonechat /Saxicola torquata

    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Austrio-Hungarian paper currency.
    size: 7 1/2 x 5 1/16 inches; 19,1 cm x 12,9 cm

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  • Birds have often been symbols of freedom, beauty and even peace. In this context, they inspire a desire to leave behind mere material gain for the values of a shared world. The birds act as social and environmental agents of care, beckoning us to move away from a monetary world view — to shift our thoughts beyond the money on which they perch.


    artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Barn Swallow / Hirundo rustic
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct paper currency from the Netherlands.
    size: 5 1/2 x 3 inches; 14 cm x 7,7 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: European Turtle Dove /Streptopelia turtur

    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct French paper currency.
    size: 5 3/8 x 2 7/8 inches; 13,8 cm x 7,4 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: European Goldfinch/Carduelis carduelis
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct German paper currency (circa 1919)
    size: 5 3/8 x 2 7/8 inches; 13.7 cm x 7.3 cm

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  • artist; Hanna von Goeler
    title: Arctic Redpoll / Acanthis hornemanni
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct French currency (circa 1940)
    size: 5 11/16 x 3 1/2 inches; 14,5 cm x 8,9 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Alpine Chough / Pyrrocorax graculus
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Swiss paper currency (circa 1970)
    size: 5 3/8 x 2 15/16 inches; 13,8 cm x 7,5 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Golden Oriole / Oriolus oriolus (Oriolidae)
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Dutch paper currency (circa 1968)
    size: 5 9/16 x 3 inches; 14,2 cm x 7,6 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Common Blackbird/Turdus merula
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct currency from Ireland
    size: 5 3/4 x 3 1/16 inches; 14.7 cm x 7.8 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Italian Sparrow - Passer italiae
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Spanish currency

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Great Tit - Parus major
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct currency from the Netherlands

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Common Wood Pigeon / Columba palumbus

    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct French currency

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: House Sparrow/Passer domesticus
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Italian currency.
    size: 4 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches; 11.2 cm x 6.1 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Jay / Garrulus glandarius
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Greek currency (circa 1944)
    size: 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches; 14 cm x 6,3 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Blyth Reed's Warbler - 
    Acrocephalus dumetorum (Blyth, 1849)
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Latvian currency

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Rock Ptarmigan - Lagopus muta
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Finnish currency

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title:Collared Flycatcher / Ficedula albicollis
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Austrian currency


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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: European Robin - Erithacus rubecula 
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct German currency

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: European Roller - Coracias garrulus
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct currency from Cyprus

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Red-rumped Swallow / Hirundo daurica
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct paper currency from Portugal (circa 1978)
    size: 5 5/16 x 2 9/16 inches; 13,5 cm x 6,6 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Magpie / Pica Pica
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct English currency.
    size: 5 5/16 x 3 5/16 inches; 15 cm x 8.5 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Male Brambling / Fringilla montifringilla
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Austrian paper currency (circa 1985)
    size: 4 13/16 x 2 7/16 inches; 12,3 cm x 6,1 cm

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Goldcrest - Regulus regulus
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct currency from Luxembourg

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: European Bee Eater - 
    Merops apiaster
    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Portuguese currency

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  • artist: Hanna von Goeler
    title: Black-eared Wheateater / Oenanthe hispanics

    medium: watercolor and gouache on defunct Hungarian paper currency
    size 7 1/8 x 3 1/2 inches; 18,2 cm x 9cm
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My love of birds and ornithology is the point of departure for this recent series of currency work.

The contribution of global economics to climate change is deeply disturbing and is altering and destroying some of the habitats that migratory birds depend on. Birds and other life forms are the, so-to-speak, “canaries in the coal mine”. In many early cultures birds were seen as messengers, and were venerated for their ability to foretell future events. Many bird populations are declining worldwide and Bird Life International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed 1,227 species as threatened in 2009.

 

In this series, various bird species are painted onto and into defunct global paper currencies, as a means to both question and insert value. The series looks to question a purely economic perspective and the interplay between commerce and environment. The work highlights the malleability of both human territories and bird habitats, as influenced by human behavior. Migration and habitat, both human and avian, find uncanny resonance as Europeans struggle to define and help both migrants and refugees, and grapple to live together culturally and economically within the Eurozone and greater scope of the world.  

 

Birds have often been symbols of freedom, beauty and even peace. In this context, they inspire a desire to leave behind mere material gain for the values of a shared world. The birds act as social and environmental agents of care, beckoning us to move away from a monetary world view — to shift our thoughts beyond the money on which they perch.

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