Portraits Made From Collaged "Specimens"
Taking hundreds of tiny photographs, gelatin capsules, vials, insect pins, and other "specimens," artist Michael Mapes collages his own interpretation of renowned dutch portraits. Using the paintings of Rembrandt, Nicolaes Eliasz PIckenoy, and others, Mapes recreates the work in painstaking detail using the tiny fragments and pins. "Of particular importance," Mapes says, is the "inclusion of new photos and materials intended to extend the imagined experience of what is captured in the original portrait to suggest the artist's consideration and processes."
Three works will be part of an upcoming exhibit titled 'Face to Face' at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Montana.