tape portraits by iri5



artist Erika Iris Simmons, who goes by the name Iri5, makes crazy incredible portraits out of cassette tape ribbon! this atlanta based artist often looks to discarded objects for inspiration in her work and her cassette portraits are nothing short of amazing.  the tape ribbons that once provided music are now thrown out left and right in favor of the mp3, but they were once filled with the voices of amazing musicians and that inspired her.    she never took any formal art classes, and just enjoyed messing around with materials to witness the outcome.

Lenny Kravitz

she specifically chooses musicians that were heavily influential to her and to othersJohn Lennon, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix to name a few…  in the same way she makes musicians out of cassette tapes, she also re-makes movie stars out of VHS tapes.  her very first cassette art piece was of Jimi Hendrix.

the series is titled “ghost in the machine,” because it was that idea that inspired her to work with cassette tapes.  she states, ” The idea comes from a phrase (ironically) coined by philosopher Gilbert Ryle, a description of how your spirit lives in your body. I imagine we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging.”

you can view her entire series here on her flickr

all images belong to iri5,



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