Rebecca Szeto created the series ‘Paintbrush Portraits’, melting old brushes with miniature portraits. Tools that were once used to create artwork, now bear the faces of women inspired by the Renaissance period and other female figures of art history.
Szeto uses her skill and background to create playful objects that question our notions of beauty and value; trash and treasure. “The slow and repetitive nature of whittling becomes a meditative activity,” says Szeto. For her, the build-up of paint layers helps define their ultimate form, “the idiosyncrasies of each individual brush.”