Erika Iris Simmons, Mastermind

Artist Erika Iris Simmons, of New Jersey, utilizes a very interesting medium! Her series “Ghost in the Machine” features cassette tapes and film reels that she sculpts into portraits. Erika calls herself an experimental artist who uses non traditional media such as old books, cassettes, playing cards, magazines and credit cards.  Erika’s work is innovative and nostalgic; she is a master of treasuring the old via creating new. Check out more of Erika’s work on her website and on Flickr. As Erika says on her website:

“’The Ghost in the Machine’ series was inspired by some strange ideas. How at one level we are cellular beings and another we are a single ‘self.’ The single cassette tape I thought of as representing the mind. The tape ribbon represents our thoughts, the data within. Taking that data – those bits of memory – and rearranging them to form what we see as a face is my way of finding a ‘ghost in the machine.’ I also liked the fact that when you look at a portrait like Jimi Hendrix out of a cassette tape, you can almost hear the music in your head – so your own ‘data’ is responding to what you see.”



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