For investors, the stock charts of the past two weeks have been painful to view. Yet for New York City artist Sarah Meyohas, they're are a thing of beauty.
Meyohas, a 24-year-old artist, has taken up residency at Manhattan's sleek 303 Gallery for an unusual performance. Starting Jan. 8, Meyohas worked at a small desk in the center of the gallery, buying and selling stocks. She then charted the price movements and turned the charts into paintings, using a black oil stick on a large white canvas.
The project, which wrapped up Wednesday but will remain on display until Jan. 30, is a commentary on what drives stocks — and how stocks, in turn, drive the economy and culture.
"I think that the way Andy Warhol's art was commodification, my art now is about financialization," said Meyohas, who has an economics degree and interned at a hedge fund before pursuing her art career. "The financial markets have grown in size and importance over the past 25 years in such a phenomenal, almost sublime, way, that I'm just responding to the world."