Econ 101
 
Oil on Canvas
26" x 35"
2004
 
Diagrams are superior to algebraic equations as a means of teaching economics. With (abstract) diagrams students can see the logic of theories revealed before their very eyes in two-dimensional geometry. They can't see that in (abstract) equations.
 
Introductory courses in economics – Econ 101 – attempt to introduce students to the most basic yet fundamental of economic concepts – Supply and Demand. Many students pass through such courses. Many do not, however, proceed beyond such introductory courses leaving them with only a fragmentary glimpse of economics.
 
The rough and misaligned ground underlying the poorly painted lines conveys the lumpiness and imprecise grounding in economics that such courses offer. The semi-covering of the ground conveys the semi-permanence of such courses, while the footprints conveys their entry exit nature.