The New Money

2013 Pencil, Pen, Marker, color pencil, pastel, on Bristol 14x17
Pencil, Pen, Marker, color pencil, pastel, on Bristol

There was an interesting quote from an old Asian lore about “to throw a pearl at a swine,” which means that something valuable as a pearl is deemed worthless at the hands of the reckless and the ungrateful.

There is also an expression “old money” and “new money”. “Old money” referring to wealth that was passed down from generation to next, basically it runs in the family. And “New money” refers to wealth that has been acquired by means of hard work, merit, or in some cases, pure luck. And they are normally attributed to the lower class. Sort of like the “rags to riches” story many of us dream of.

Now unfortunately the people of the old money don’t respect the people of the new money, for the reason that the new money people are not cultured. They don’t know how to manage their newfound wealth, and act in ways not very kindly accepted by the old money people.

Basically it is the same thing like the pearl with the swine expression. Which brings me to this piece, in keeping with the “Animal Farm” theme.

Now I’ve seen many people for real that claim to have all these accumulated wealth, but they flaunt it in such manner I am not obliged to show them any respect. They parade around in brand new Louis Vuittons and Armanis in rather laughable fashion that you cannot help but feel shame for them. It would be better for a pig to wear mink fur and pearls, but that would look really silly too.

Published by theartistaslisalee

Lisa Lee is an artist and writer based in Southern California. She was educated at Cal State University Long Beach where she received her BFA in Illustration, and originally focused her career goal in animation and/or comic books. After eight years freelancing on various projects from web graphics to concept art she now devotes full time to painting and drawing as well as writing and producing graphic novels. She combines her past experiences in animation and graphic art with the elements of modern masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. Much of her style revolves around Expressionism and Pop Art, and she treats each piece independently of one another; in short, she uses different styles and techniques for different subject matters. Her interests spans a wide array, from social and political issues, popular culture, movies, history, mythology, and her own personal experiences. She tends to shift back and forth between the light and the dark side; her work will often reflect her mood. When not associating herself with art Lisa enjoys movies, listening to music, driving around aimlessly, and occasionally dabbles on weird hobbies such as cooking, jewelrymaking, and picking weeds.

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