Visual representations of hedge fund managers usually fall into
one of a few tired categories: photos of well-heeled
fundraisers posted on
websites; news shots of PMs
speaking at SALT or another industry confab; or, worst,
Fund Manager" by Zoë Rubens
U.K. artist Zoë Rubens takes a far
different approach to expressing the idea of hedge
funds. A sculptor who is inspired by "the modern condition
of humanity," she recently took on alternative investing and
made a piece of art using ceramic and steel. It's
called "Hedge Fund Manager."
"[It's] all a bit new to me but I wanted to try to
encapsulate disparate worlds, i.e. me as a sculptor finding
humanity in what's currently seen as not," Rubens told
Absolute Return by email. "[The hedge fund manager is]
unpopular but still has to carry on."
Rubens said she came up with the idea after reading sections
of the Financial Times that she "usually
ignores" and "attempted a playful comment."
She said the face in the sculpture represents the manager.
The pointed symmetrical shape behind the head is a "perfectly
manicured hedge in the past" while the cactus in front is a
hedge in the future. The cloud over head appears to represent
"Hedge Fund Manager" is on sale for £325.
A recent drawing by Rubens also tackles the subject. She describes
it as a "drawing about banking, hedge funds & investments,
people's feelings both real, imaginary & hidden."
Rubens has taken on other financial subjects recently,
producing sculptures called "Shark
Trading" and "Whistle
Blower," among others.