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?