Published on July 7th, 2009 | by Becky Striepe0
Re-Inspiration: Ghost in the Machine
Artist Erika Iris Simmons (aka iri5) takes reused cassettes to a whole new level. She specializes in turning trash into treasure, letting the materials dictate the final product. Here’s how she describes her Ghost in the Machine series:
In this series I showcase a number of portraits of musicians made out of recycled cassette tape with original cassette. Also included are portraits made from old film and reels. The idea comes from a philosopher’s (Ryle) description of how your spirit lives in your body. I imagine we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging.
You can check out the whole Ghost in the Machine series over at Flickr. While you’re there, take a peek at some of Erika’s other amazing recycled art! I’m particularly into this portrait of Oscar Wilde that she assembled from pages from The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Have you created any art using old audio or video cassettes? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Image Credit: Creative Commons Photo by Marc Arsenault