Acrylic, collage monopoly and scrabble pieces, masking tape on canvas 75×60 2012
A while ago I did a series using Monopoly boards and Kimono patterns (Kimonopoly!).
My friend Ruth, bargain-hunter-extraordinaire, found me dozens of Monopoly sets in opportunity shops around the Inner West. That’s where these Monopoly houses and pieces come from. I also did a Scrabble series. You can guess where the pieces come from. If you are good at anagrams it’s not hard to work out what the pieces spell.
The yellow ruler is some masking tape I found in an art supplies store in Chicago last summer.
The background image is from photos I took in Tuscany while there for a friend’s birthday a few years ago. The street pattern is based on the streets around my home (with some artistic licence!)
So this game of real estate is European, American and recycled. A nice combo for Newtown, I think.