Actually, it’s not rubbish- it’s extraordinary art! I recently came across an amazing artist, Zac Freeman, who takes portraiture to a whole new level, creating faces out of “collected junk, found objects, and general trash”. I was so amazed by the amount of detail, tone, and shading he was able to capture with just odd pieces of discarded materials. The textures create the illusion of an impasto painting and the face that appears out of the junk is also extremely emotive and dynamic (perhaps because the unique choice of materials is able to add a sense of time and history). There is unbelievable depth to his works and I think that elevates it beyond the typical recycling craft project.
Here’s a detail taken from the above piece of work:
Here are some more of Zac’s people: