One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Masterpiece

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You know what they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Or, depending on who you’re asking, future masterpiece. Artists are able to see the value in objects everywhere including trash. Here are just some of the artists that have truly turned trash into treasure.

Derek Gores

Derek Gores specializes in collage portraits. His medium is recycled magazines, labels, assorted analog and digital materials and other things he is able to use on canvas. He likes to showcase the beauty of a figure against an abstract background. He is featured in galleries in New York, L.A., Sydney and more. He has had many prestigious clients such as Lenny Kravitz, ESPN, and Harley Davidson.

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Erika Iris Simmons

Erika Iris Simmons had a passion for illustration, however, did not have money for supplies. She picked up whatever materials were around her in order to create her artwork. She soon began using a cassette tape as her main medium. She made several tape portraits in a series called, “Ghost in the Machine,” that went viral. She was hired to produce the Bruno Mars music video “Just the Way You Are,” which was inspired by her work.

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Jane Perkins

Jane Perkins considers herself a “re-maker.” She takes old plastic objects such as broken jewelry, plastic toys and other small materials and turns them into masterpieces. To find her materials she will frequent charity shops, recycling centers and receive donations from friends. Her most recent collection of works, Plastic Classics, she describes as “Old Masters are given a contemporary twist.”

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Blake McFarland

Blake McFarland uses recycled rubber tires to create life-like animal sculptures. Each sculpture takes approximately one month to complete. Along with the tire sculptures, McFarland also uses recycled wine corks to create murals.

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