“EMESS considers himself an urban sculptor and printer, who employs the most diverse
means of expression to artistically create an impact on public space.
The Berlin artist’s works range from poster walls to large-format stencil work and meter-
high installations. EMESS chooses medium, place and time of his interventions according
to the message he wants to transmit.
These works are not about tame street decoration: EMESS’ eye-catching works make you
feel uncomfortable or give you soemthing to think about.
Besides producing a series of cement and wood installations, EMESS worked intensively
on stencil portraits on issues in the ﬁnancial world.. The portraits were not meant to reﬂect
the general ﬁnancial crisis, they are far more a contemplation on personal experiences
with action, production, time, money, freedom and market.
In this series of portraits, EMESS uses the well-known prints of the famous personalities
depicted on currencies like the dollar, the pound, the Danish and Swedish krona or the
EMESS combines the antique handicraft style of wood and copper engraving with the
“pop-iness” of modern song titles and beyond that deals with our profane relationship to
our beloved money.
Pink letters scream the famous Beatles title “(Money)… can’t buy me love!” under the i-
mage of Queen Elisabeth taken from the English Pound note . Or the one dollar icon
George Washington decorates himself with the song title “(Money)… don’t matter tonight!”