Artist Creates Mosaic Portraits of Celebrities from Their Trash

Earth911 is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Earth911 also teams up with other affiliate marketing partners to help keep our lights on and the waste-fighting ideas flowing. If you purchase an item through one of the affiliate links in this post we will receive a small commission.

Many artists utilize recycled materials in their work, but one artist takes this practice to a new level. Jason Mecier, a San Francisco-based mixed media artist who recently created a mural of the U.S. out of festival goers’ trash at SXSW, makes portraits out of nontraditional materials. Mecier uses everything from beans and licorice to the stuff found in people’s junk drawers and says he is perhaps most famous for the portrait he recently made of Honey Boo Boo. Mecier has even done a series of celebrity mosaic portraits made from their own trash, which they sent him upon request. Click through to see a selection of the portraits in this series, which may just help you start to think about trash in new ways.

Jason Mecier, portrait, mosaic

Photo: Jason Mecier

Amy Sedaris

Mecier has always been drawn to mosaics as an art form for a number of reasons.

“I like making mosaics for the obvious reasons about how people should recycle or re-think how they’re wasting their trash. It’s also just really fun [to make them], and it’s fun for people to just look into them. It’s kind of like those ‘I Spy’ books where you can identify all different objects,” Mecier told Earth911.

Mecier never received formal training as an artist, but he was mentored by his grandmother Anita Tollefson who made paintings, sculptures, collages and other art when Mecier was a child. She encouraged him to pursue mosaics even at a young age, Mecier says on his website, and taught him that materials don’t have to be expensive.

Portrait: Amy Sedaris – Author, actress, comedian

Join 24,000+ Recyclers

Here at Earth911 HQ we're all about living green and clean. If that's what you're searching for then you'll love our weekly email!