corrie francis parks uses a collection of sand and currencies from around the world to create her dreamlike short film dubbed “foreign exchange”. the ever-changing universe is designed from grains of sand collected in 50 countries, which interact with a landscape of changing banknotes. the resulting stop-motion short suggests a dynamic mix of cultures, noting historical figures alongside geographic motifs. comments on the parks: ‘between the dazzling layers of money and sand lie connections that can be tapped into endless ways. each person who watches this film will unearth different associations filtered through their worldly experience and their national origin. ‘
images of “foreign exchange”, parks of the corrie francis
with the short film ‘foreign exchange’, artist corrie francis parks continues its long-standing exploration of sand as a medium – for the first time on a microscopic scale. here the viewer can see the individuality of each small stone. To create the animation, every grain has been meticulously organized atop a light table with toothpicks and tweezers, with every change captured with high-resolution photograph. on such a small scale, the most subtle changes are amplified to produce a ripple effect. the artist comments: “when I pull an individual grain of sand from a heap and animate it, I see its dimensionality. he becomes a luminous being alongside a hundred other luminous beings, finding his own direction in a world of miniature worlds.
like the sand collection, the “foreign exchange” coins are glued to highlight their unique patterns, comments corrie francis parks: ‘Through the filter of my own limited perspective, I found national stories connecting and overlapping in unexpected ways. canada’s interstellar pride harmonizes with the gothic arches of the st. prague. the Church of the Savior. portugal’s colonial conquests intertwine with singapore’s nostalgic market economy. india’s iconic animals wallow under a chinese waterfall. ‘