Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey -collages, celebrities
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Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey

Using carefully cut fragments of printed skin from the photographs of celebrities in popular magazines, artist David Adey creates elaborate, pinned collages reminiscent of the most complex entomological displays. In some works, like the below image of David and Victoria Beckham, he reconstructs the original photo but turns the skin into a tapestry of whimsical shapes, creating a new kind of portrait.

 

Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey -collages, celebrities

Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey -collages, celebrities

In his less figurative works, he creates large shapes and textures from hundreds and hundreds of individual pieces — as in “22 Footer,” which looks like an enormous, coiled worm from far away, but at a closer look is revealed to be hundreds of cut out lips pinned together like scales.

Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey -collages, celebrities

Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey -collages, celebrities

Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey -collages, celebrities

Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey -collages, celebrities

Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey -collages, celebrities

Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey -collages, celebrities

Via David Adey / flavorwire.com

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