Details magazine made my eyes pop when I stumbled upon an old June/July edition featuring St. Louie born artist Erika Iris Simmons. Her “Ghost In The Machine” series are simply amazing. Since her debut in 2008, Erika has found a creatively enticing way to merge pop culture, conceptual art & craftiness. While at the same time recycling once important cassette tapes and film reels.
“The times they ARE a-changin” for sure.
I love the African spray painted tape to coordinate with the Peace Master Rasta himself, Bob Marley.
Oh Fred Astaire! You gotta love a man that has moves. With beautiful Ginger Rogers dancing out of an old 8mm film reel.
Sir Duke Ellington
Beethoven. Erika actually tried keeping much of the notes in tact, so you can still read portions of it in his hair, face & jacket.
Simmons also does custom work for people and will include any object that coincides with the portrait that she’s doing. A custom job will run you about $1200 and up. ‘But every case is different’ as she puts it. An average cassette tape portrait 16×20 inches goes for around $1800 and take nearly 2 weeks to create. The price and the wait is worth it if you ask me though. The work is deeply impressive and to have a personal one of yourself and/or a loved one would just be literally stunning.
If you have a chance you absolutely must check out her website for yourself, and please be tempted to inquire about your own custom work.