The artwork “Quetzales”, by the mexican artist Gabriela González Leal, results from of an exploration of the aesthetic and historical possibilities that paper money offers. Visual narratives that generate a playful reflection through each fragment and detail of it. Topics related to Mesoamerican worldview, a contrast between past and future, games and childhood are some of the themes that the artist approaches from the playful field as a creative tool.
“I work from a main axis that consists first of questioning my past, my roots, my own environment and life experiences which inclines me to review history in contrast to current society. From this game of realities I am building the conceptual and material body of my artistic work. My current body of work explores different media and materials such as soccer balls, coins, bullets, clothing, Japanese paper, demonetized banknotes, etc. (…)When we see a banknote, we think first of its economic function and we don’t stop to think that it is a work of art in itself. That’s why I think the Money Art movement gives added value to a work of art. It is art on top of art.” (Gabriela González Leal)