Portraits of musicians made out of recycled cassette tape. Yes, you read it correctly. This is the art of Erika Iris Simmons, who likes to take the most ordinary things and transform them into extraordinary art.
Her works are mostly portraits of people associated with the material used for the respective piece (cassette tapes – musicians, got it?). Her technique consists of taking things apart and re-arranging them in unusual ways, cutting away pieces when necessary.
The “Ghost in the Machine” series was inspired by some strange ideas. How at one level we are cellular beings and another we are a single self. The single cassette tape I thought of as representing the mind. The tape ribbon represents our thoughts, the data within. Taking that data – those bits of memory – and rearranging them to form what we see as a face is my way of finding a “ghost in the machine.” I also liked the fact that when you look at a portrait like Jimi Hendrix out of a cassette tape, you can almost hear the music in your head – so your own “data” is responding to what you see.
For more works from this awesome collection, visit the artist’s Flickr profile.
(All images via Erika Iris Simmons)