British "artist" Damien Hirst laid off 63 employees after receiving £15m in emergency Covid-19 loans from the UK government.
His recent NFT project "The Currency" just earned him another $20m.
This piece (featuring Hirst's artwork overlaid on a pair of Crocs) explores the relationship between capitalism and art and the commodification of art.
A commodified piece of art comes into being by the creator asking a single question “What will sell?”
Through commodification, an intellectual downward spiral takes place, where hollow and meaningless art is half understood by the anxious minds of contemporary audiences.
As a result, art will continue to degrade, and the people will continue to descend into more simplistic frames of thought.
This piece represents the decline of reason, wisdom, and spiritual connection, all slowly asphyxiated by blind greed.