Information Artist

A new title–Heather Dewey-Hagborg calls herself an Information Artist.

She creates portraits in the form of masks derived from DNA she collects from detritus on the street–cigarette butts, chewing gum.* She uses a 3-D printer to create her masks.

View some of the pieces from Stranger Visions.

From the article:

“If you care about privacy, you’d better do something, because we are probably the last generation that will realize what we’re losing.”

Abstract of the article here; unfortunately you must be a New Yorker subscriber for the whole.

*lollipop sticks, toothpicks–her subjects are all necessarily litter bugs, does that show up in their DNA profile? Although I suppose she could filch coffee cups from trash cans…or is that theft?

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