“CLOSE”: Incredible Self-Portrait Made of 7,000 Bottle Caps by Mary Ellen Croteau.
“CLOSE” is a large scale self-portrait by artist Mary Ellen Croteau that she made out of 7,000 plastic bottle caps. The portrait, which measures seven feet by eight feet, takes its inspiration and title from the self-portraiture of Chuck Close. Croteau has posted instructions for aspiring bottle cap artists.
Mary’s self portrait measures 8 feet by 7 feet, and contains over 7,000 plastic caps. No paint or other materials are used, except to delineate a few shadows where white board was showing through. ”Most of us do not need to have bottled water at hand. Getting people used to spending more money for water than they spend for a gallon of gasoline is devious and disastrous for the future of the planet, letting corporations control our water sources is evil.”, explains Mary.
In her artist’s statement, Croteau writes: “I firmly believe in the power of the visual, and my work is my voice: a social critique and a visual challenge to all the cultural detritus we are force-fed every day.”
Croteau’s work highlights one of the most challenging global issues of the day– pollution – and, like many other contemporary artists, draws our attention to alternative uses of recyclable materials.
“CLOSE”: Incredible Self-Portrait Made of 7,000 Bottle Caps by Mary Ellen Croteau: