Jacqueline Lou Skaggs‘ penny paintings turn the unloved currency into tiny circular canvases with incredible detail. Aside from the impressive maneuvering of oil paint that recalls 17th century Dutch masters, we admire Skaggs‘ desire to rescue the runts of the capitalist litter, saving them from a life spent below couch cushions or forgotten in pockets.
This small body of twelve works consist of images painted on found, discarded pennies. These pictures pay homage to, not only, the binding ideologies that define our family, religious, social and political worlds- but also to the resonating mythological powers of traditional painting and miniature picture making. Paid tribute no less on the face of discarded coins these iconic images transcend the coins value while, to some extent, defacing it.Initially these coins were going to be spent- nestled with other coins in an exchange of goods. Or tossed back to the sidewalks from whence they came. Nice thoughts. However, these works remain hoarded as art rather than currency or discarded, valueless copper.
If it’s a penny for your thoughts and you put in your two cents worth, then someone, somewhere is making a penny.Steven Wright