I owe money. After a visit to one bank I took a complementary pen. When I got home I began to work out my monthly in-comings and outgoings, rent, travel, food etc... with the intention of forming some kind of repayment plan. I got frustrated and looked down at the pen I was writing with; the branded blue pen from the bank. Printed on the spine of the pen was the phrase ‘Borrowed from my bank’. I decided to see how much ‘ink’ I could ‘borrow from my bank’. I started to fill in each square on A3 graph paper until the ink ran out. I wanted to see if I could fill the page or not. In the same way I try to stretch my wages and manage debt each month. As the project progressed I started to use the ink to depict specific financial data related to particular financial institutions and their/our role in this recession.
Each of these drawings is made using all the ink from a single ball point pen. Each individual pen has been acquired for free from different banks.
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October 15, 2010
July 17, 2012
banking, crisis, Borrowed from my bank, personal debt, free pens from banks, lending, barclays