Marathon County native artist cuts money into art

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Mark Wagner grew up calling the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum his first museum.

Now, the Marathon County native is back as the artist in residence there the next two days.

He has two artworks that are part of Cut Up-Cut Out at the museum. All the pieces have been cut from paper, rubber, metal and other stuff into intricate works.

You could say Mark's work is right on the money. He cuts up currency, like dollar bills.

""The first bill I cut up was in 1999 and worked with a bunch of other materials for a while, but it was clear people were more interested in the currency work than all the other work that I was doing," says Mark.

Mark says money is fascinating to folks in part, because it, like art is always changing. Just think of how much more you use your debit card and how much less you use paper money these days.

He says using something we all need to survive just adds to the interest when it's turned into art, "here's this thing that everybody worries about and here I'm doing to cut it up, it's actually liberating."

Mark calls the work on display in cut up cut out timeless and contemporary.

He will be hosting a workshop to help you start your own collage talents Saturday from 10am to 5pm at the LYW. Sunday afternoon, he will be there to talk more about his works and cutting paper into works of art in general.