Erika Iris Simmons is something of a jack of all trades. With a degree in Russian and a knack for make-up effects, she’s an occasional waitress and an almost accidental artist. Her “Ghost In The Machine” series uses old cassettes, VHS tapes, filmstrips, and more, which she takes apart and rearranges in order to create fantastic images of icons in pop culture. As she explains:
“I like to take things — random things — like what you would find at a garage sale or in a thrift store — and make them into composite art. Most of my pieces become portraits of people associated with the item I’ve chosen. I don’t really add any paint or pigments… I usually just take things apart and rearrange the pieces, cutting away portions when necessary.”
Here are some of our favorite images by Erika Iris Simmons; you can see the full collection at her flickr site.