Commodity (a greatly simplified and incomplete diagram)

Commodity (a greatly simplified and incomplete diagram)

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Artist Commentary:
My goal with this painting is to show (even in a super-simplified and limited way that is hopefully understandable without being simplistic) the social relations embedded in commodity production. It indicates both the relationships between classes (that are comprised of individuals but not reducible to collections of individuals), and the motion of the commodity from resource extraction (at the base) all the way to consumption (at the top), while centering the moment of production/surplus value appropriation and filling in some of the superstructural elements of how that is made to happen. This can be viewed as a general model even though each commodity chain has its own specific links. Also included is an indication of the instability of the arrangement, and of the collective agency of class-conscious workers, in order to offer hope and direction for a possible different future.


Open signed digital print on 110 lb glossy paper. Based on an original acrylic painting by Stephanie McMillan.

Paper size 5"x7",  8"x10", 11"x14". Prints have white borders of varying thickness (depending on the proportions of the image relative to the paper size).

Packaged in a cello sleeve with an archival backing board, and shipped in a protective rigid envelope.

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