Collage Portraits Made From Various Unusual Materials

We’ve all seen mosaic portraits made out of hundreds, if not thousands, of small images color coded and placed in the proper order to make an overall larger image appear, but we’ve never seen anything quite like the collage works of Michael Mapes.

Michael uses all sorts of found specimens, ranging from photo snippets to gelatin capsules to insect specimen pins to doll parts, creating collage works which are intensely textural and just as much fun to look at up close as from far away.

He also uses elements of the original image he’s re-creating, such as features from the original painting and perhaps an even smaller version of the original hidden within the mosaic, which makes for a bit of an Inception feeling as the viewer tries to visually take in the entire piece.

Via Juxtapoz

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