Tiarra Edmundson

The abacus is an ancient Asian numeral calculating device. The abacus was widely used by merchants and scholars before the introduction of calculators or computers and is still relied on even to this day for it’s consistent results. Five beads stacked on the bottom portion and three beads stacked on the upper portion, when slid up or down, each row represents a number.

For my series of ‘Abacus‘, I was influenced by my partner who is from Chinese origins and whose parents taught him, from an early age, how to execute even the most complex equations on this low maintenance tool and how his father would use only an abacus to tally all income and outflow financials for his family-run business.

The following two paintings are called “In” and “Out“. The first painting represents Global Wealth as of 2015. The numerical  figure for “in” is 75,621,858,232,788. The second painting represents Global Debt as of 2015. The numerical figure for “out” is 201,198,250,325,888.

Tiarra Edmundson

Tiarra Edmundson – “In” 40″x18″, acrylic on canvas

Tiarra Edmundson

Tiarra Edmundson – “Out” 40″x18″, acrylic on canvas