Destroyed Degree Paintings
(aka £21,194.62: The Opportunity Cost of Higher Education)
A series of existentialist self portraits that explore the value of higher education.
Created using ink handcrafted from Zish's Economics and Mathematics degree, the artwork's value reflects his current level of university debt.
Opportunity Cost is an economics term defined as: "the loss of other alternatives when one alternative is chosen."
At 18, we do not yet know ourselves,
but are expected to navigate the life changing decision of higher education.
This work questions and challenges the theory of Opportunity Cost with an idea:
use the alternative chosen (degree) to obtain the alternative lost (art).
This declaration of freedom appears as a series of self portraits formed from my burnt Economics and Maths degree.
This work deals with themes of choice, education, experience and knowledge:
Why is money society's primary objective?
Is my current debt (£21,194.62) worth the experience and knowledge I now have?
What is the opportunity cost of repaying my debt, versus the creation of an art school in my hometown in Tanzania?
– Zish Alexander