The Costume Party dreams up notorious figures wearing character altering costumes. These hand embroidered costumes are meticulously stitched through paper currency to create a fantastical illusion. This playful series questions the history of worldly leaders we often feel like we already know.
"Portraits on money are deadly serious. Unsmiling, the exalted figures portrayed signify society's seriousness in the faith of the value of the currency. But Webber's work is sublimely ridiculous and shows us the slipperiness of identity. In her Costume Party series, Lincoln dons a clown wig and Franklin goes full grandma drag. Embroidered directly onto the bills with delightful precision, Webber's work transforms a gallery of famous men, adding much needed color and fun. In particular, Webber's Charman Mao pays tribute both to Warhol's Pop Art images of the Chinese leader, and to the wild white fright wig favored by Warhol himself." - Bartholomew F. Bland, Executive Director, Lehman College Art Gallery, The City University of New York