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SARAH SAMWAYS

Note: Artists are often told that the way to price their work is to follow this simple equation:

Time + Materials Used = Cost to Consumer

Now, even if Beeple took this into account...

14 years worth of work + the expenses involved in digital work (ex. his computer, maybe even his internet bill for 14 years, his tablet/pencil, and the programs he used)...we're still not getting to $69.34 mil, right?

To put this amount of money into perspective:

"On Jan 15, 2021, the Department of Defense (DoD), in coordination with the Department of health and Human Services (HHS), awarded…


On March 11, 2021 art auction house Christie’s sold a digital-only artwork by the American artist known as Beeple, for a whopping $69.34 million dollars. That’s right, the .jpg file seen above is now the third most expensive work of art made by a living artist, right behind David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold for $90.3 mil and of course, Jeff Koons’ Rabbit for $91.1 mil. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Now, if you happen to be involved in any kind of art-making process, (visual, written, performative), you’re probably poor and angry, like me. Here…


I was in super-quarantine for the bulk of December when my boyfriend came home early from work, testing positive for COVID. I’ve only recently ventured out to the grocery store, (after negative test results, of course)…did I miss anything?

Jokes aside, as we cautiously stepped into 2021 I subconsciously begged everyone not to claim this one as their year. Resolutions be damned — I just didn’t want to jinx this shit. But unfortunately, we are just six days into 2021 and the Trumpites have stormed the Capitol with literal guns blazing. An unidentified woman was shot in the chest and…


November 4, 2020 – 9:57 PM

I worked the polls, saw democracy in action. For people who think RI will always be a “blue state,” don’t get too comfortable, okay? There’s truth in numbers. Regardless of the election’s outcome as a whole, nationwide, we have to recognize that there are some pretty scary opinions out there and it goes from the bottom all the way to the top. It all matters.

I’m glad you voted, the turnout was strong, but don’t get complacent (again) moving forward. Pay attention, hold your elected officials accountable, and let’s strongly advocate for abolishing the…

SARAH SAMWAYS

Sarah Samways is a mixed-race visual artist/writer who lives in Rhode Island. She has two guinea pigs named Tony and Maisey.

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