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2012 | Sarah Sutterfield

Idols create beliefs, which like a form of currency are purely psychological in nature. Currency and religion operate and have substance because human beings place value on them. Andrew Carnegie once wrote, “Man must have an idol- the amassing of wealth is one of the worst species of idolatry- no idol more debasing than the worship of money”. As Carnegie said, man must have an idol, whether that idol is Jesus, Abraham Lincoln or money. I use a scanner to create a three dimensional effect to make the images feel tangible, since in today’s society, an idol often feels separate and detached. Using only parts of the figure—the face, hair or hands—I give anonymity to the subject. Anyone can be an idol. However, the process of becoming an idol relies on how the individual makes the appropriate and right decisions for a situation. False idolism does not exist. Having an idol gives us something to believe in and aspire to, helping us overcome our pasts and focus on the future.