Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborgtakes DNA taken from chewed up gum, cigarette buds, and nail clippings she finds in public places(Brooklyn) to reproduce people’s faces.
After extracting the DNA from her samples, she focuses on specific genomic regions, sequences them and then enters the data into a computer program, which produces a model of the face of the person who tossed that item onto the ground.
She then uses a 3D printer to sculptures of the faces that look very much like death masks.
Surrealism is an art form that emerged in the early 1920s and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality.” Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself and/or an idea/concept. The result? Really freaky photographs.