'Kusama Rat' by Death NYC, 2022
Limited Edition print on currency combining Banksy's 'Rat' with Yayoi Kusama's 'Pumpkin'.
2.75 x 6 Inches
7 x 15.2 Centimeters
Screen print on crisp US $1 bill.
Limited Edition of 100 (#41/100)
Signed, numbered and dated in black on reverse.
Includes artist embossed gold seal and COA card.
“Why do street art? Because everything looks better outside! DEATH IS FREE”.
DEATH is a street artist from New York City. Growing up in New York and being exposed to many different cultures and perspectives caused the artist to question everything she sees on the street. This experience has played a major role in the artist choosing her aim and moniker.
DEATH chooses to keep her identity anonymous, she believes that it gives her more freedom to continue to work on the street. She began painting on walls and floors of popular shops in Soho and the Chelsea area of New York City. She gets the name DEATH from the abbreviation of “Don’t Easily Abandon The Hope”.
DEATH tries to ridicule the mainstream media by making fun of popular images. One of the most representative work of DEATH is Chairman Mao Zedong from the People’s Republic of China with a red bow. Seeing the tag “DEATH” or “DEATH IS FREE” on the street, viewers often pre-judge the word(s) without knowing the real meaning behind the anagram.