Technology advances and items we once treasured become obsolete. Or do they? Erika Iris Simmons is an extremely creative artist that revamps old materials like cassette tapes, film reels, and books turning them into fascinating works of art. With a degree in Russian from Washington University in St. Louis, she never intended to become an artist, but has always appreciated art. Her detailed work depicts music and pop icons from tapes or maestros from sheet music or artist portraits made from chopped-up pieces of their art . Open to exploring different used materials, Erika tries “to take something apart, and put it back together in weird ways.” The result however, is far from weird.
You can be a part of the process too. She gladly welcomes donations and you can find more specific requests on her Donation Page. So before you think of tossing that “box of junk,” maybe you should turn some of it over to Erika. Who knows what might develop? For a more in-depth look at this artist please read Daniel Benning’s interview in ONEEIGHTNINE. A bevy of Erika Iris Simmons’s artwork is featured on her flick’r photostream, so check out the goodness! A few of my favorites are shown below: