When we profiled filmmaker Steven Judd in December we covered a lot of his artistic ventures, but not all of them. Not by a longshot — Judd seems to be in a constant state of creativity and motion, and we recommend periodic visits to his Facebook “My Art” Gallery.
In this series, Judd has re-imagined American currency; in a way, he’s also re-imagining the historical figures that adorn it. Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton (below) make pretty good Indians, it turns out. But an Indian-ized $20 bill (above) is inevitably the most irony-laden; Andrew Jackson, author of the Indian Removal Act, gets many a Native’s vote for Worst. President. Ever.
Here’s Judd’s own statement on that particular bill:
“For those that don’t know andrew jackson’s views on Indigenous people, I encourage you to read up on it. Start with the Indian Removal Act. I’m NOT putting a head dress on him, I’m just trying to make it look like it’s a Native, gave him brown skin etc. done with India ink and colored pencils – Steven Paul Judd”