Sound of Money, Scent of Soup (2015) the scent of money, mixed medium. 24 x 24 x 6 inches.
Photo credit: PD Rearick.
One day, a poor man, who had only bread to eat, was walking past a restaurant.
There was a large pot of soup on the table.
The poor man held his bread over the soup, so the steam from the soup went into the bread, and gave it a good smell.
Then he ate the bread.
The restaurant owner became very angry with him and demanded the man pay for the smells he stole from the soup.
The poor man had no money, so the restaurant owner took him to a judge.
The judge thought about the case for a little while.
Then he took some money from his pocket, held the coins next to the restaurant owner’s ear, and shook them.
“What was that?” asked the restaurant owner.
“That was payment for you,” answered the judge, “The sound of coins for the smell of soup.”
Intangible qualities like concept, emotional strength, and the art’s name will often hold much of the weight in the value of artwork; making the value of art just as abstract as the scent of money or the form of a thought. A modern version of an old Middle Eastern parable I first heard as a young child, explores the ridiculousness of intellectual property, marking the start of my recognition for the importance society places on value. Loosely inspired from this tale, this work attempts to explore the senses and how they contribute to understanding our society and the way we live.