ARtist Jill Magid Etched a Phrase Onto 120,000 US Pennies That Reflects Society’s Greater Concern for Financial Bodies Than Human Ones

The penny is full of paradoxes. It costs the government nearly two cents to make just one, and even though there are more of them produced then all other coins combined, you always seem to end up a couple short. 

Earlier this year, it was another penny-related contradiction that caught the attention of artist Jill Magid: As numbers in the billions are thrown around with talk of economic peaks and valleys, the penny feels worthless; at the same time, it’s never seemed so potent, so charged with a sense of transmission and tactility.

“What kept striking me during the pandemic was the casual and causal relationship between economics and health,” Magid tells Artnet News on the unveiling of a new project commissioned by Creative Time, which puts in parallel two networks—the American economy and the virus. “There was a constant [question] of ‘How’s the stock market doing?’ versus ‘How many

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