One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Los Angeles-based surrealist Alexandra Dillon literally lives up to this phrase as she gives a second life to the objects thrown away by other people. The way she turns scrap into art is truly commendable and something that we’ve not seen before.
Instead of usual canvases, she takes worn-out objects like paint brushes, shovels, axes and other found materials to make portraits of imaginary people. According to Dillon, she imagines a character just like a novelist does. It just comes into her mind and she further allows the soul of a particular object to take the form of a face. That’s why her characters range from a mysterious lady on a cleaver to a shady man illustrated on a paintbrush.
I work on each piece over the course of several days. They often change and grow into themselves more fully. When I have found the emotion and personality of a character, I know I’m finished. It’s like meeting a new friend every day. I get to paint faces and conjure a character in a way that is more fun than just working on a canvas.
We’re totally amazed and awestruck by her artwork. It’s incredible how she sees hardware tools as pieces of art. Check out some of her creations in the image given below. Also, visit her Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as official website to see more of her work.