Erika Simmons is a self taught artist and her medium is not a conventional one. She takes vintage VHS tapes, audio cassettes, and reels of film into elaborate portraits of iconic figures from pop culture.
“I like to take things- random things- like what you would find at a garage sale or in a thrift store- and make them into composite art. Most of my pieces become portraits of people associated with the item I’ve chosen. I don’t really add any paint or pigments… I usually just take things apart and re-arrange them in weird ways, cutting away pieces when necessary,” she says.
Can’t wrap your head around it?
Have a look:
Good old Marilyn Monroe
Her clients include the likes of The Times, Oprah Magazine, MAXIM, Levis Strauss & Co., Hermes, Showtime, and RayBan.
Impressed? There’s more: She is the one behind the official artwork for the 55th Grammy Awards as well:
Ericka is multitalented as well as creative. She holds a degree in Russian and plays in the French Quarter, New Orleans.
In 2010 she collaborated with director Ethan Lader to help produce the video for the Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.”
She says her work reflects her belief. “I hope that what I’m doing inspires people to think about our changing relationship with our environment, our sense of relative value. There is a strange gray space between what is worthless to us and what is priceless. Some of my art is fun, some serious. But there is always a message if you’re willing to look for it.”