We all begrudge the bundles of junk letters and pamphlets that get pushed through our doors, but artist Sandy Schimmel Gold welcomes such unwanted mail – and uses it to form stunning portraits of showbiz legends.
Schimmel Art is a recycled amalgamation of junk mail, ads and flyers, which Sandy cuts into tiles before skillfully rearranging them to portray the faces of such stars as John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
While the perpetrators of junk mail may be pulling their hair out over Sandy’s art, the results are undeniably impressive – and they may inspire budding creative talents to take a similar approach to the irritating leaflets many of us dump directly in the recycling bin.
New York-born Sandy says, “Every little ‘tile ’ you see was once advertising ephemera and/or junk mail. I recycle canvas and frames. Why throw them in a land fill when they can be recovered and reused? ” (TN/WN)
Marilyn Monroe
early to mid 1950s

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