Self Portrait with Plastic Bottle Caps

Like Imagination and Art, Creativity has no limits, no boundaries, and no ends. A person with boundaries could never be creative. Mary Ellen Croteau’s self portrait is an example of it. She has created it with thousands of plastic bottle caps which we usually throw in dustbins. Mary Ellen Croteau had been working with plastic bottle caps to create columnar sculptures, but while crafting these, she became compelled to create a large self-portrait with them.

She describes this inspiration below:
“Plastic bottle caps – like bags, a plastic product that can’t be/ isn’t recycled. I conceived of an “endless column” of these caps, after Constantin Brancussi’s (sic) iconic modernist sculpture. One became two, and two became many while making these columns, I noticed the smaller caps tended to nest inside one another, and the color combinations reminded me of Chuck Close’s painted portraits. So I got sidetracked and started on a large self-portrait made entirely of bottle caps. The piece measures 8 feet by 7 feet. No paint is used, except to delineate a few shadows where white board was showing through. In a few cases, the caps are trimmed in order to fit a tight space.” – Mary Ellen Croteau

Mary with incomplete portrait:

Portrait in progress:

Close-up of the nose:

In progress Eye:

Mary with final look of portrait:

The final assembled piece displayed for Art on Armitage:


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