Unordinary Portraits Of Ordinary People.
It is true that as long as you have a vision, any material can be used to create art. And as long as you are imaginative enough to think outside the box, then your piece of art could end up on the Guinness World Records… well at least that was the case of Eric Daigh who uses push pins to create portraits.
Who would’ve known that those little push pins that we used to see at the office all the time, could be used to create such interesting portraits? Sure the people on the portraits are far from being supermodels, but you can’t deny that the idea of creating some 24” by 36” pushpin artwork is undeniably a pretty sweet idea. Daigh uses only five colors for his creations, and when seen up close it is the equivalent of seeing a low-resolution image on a tv screen or something. Remember the scene from the original 70’s Willy Wonka, when the cowboy kid is floating on top of the other characters prior to being transported into the tv in the form of low-resolution particles? No? Really? No one here watched 1970’s movies when kids? Jeez ok…
Anyway, Daigh starts by taking a digital photo of their subjects. Then, he breaks the image down to a low resolution, and creates a grid to guide where each color should go, and later places each pin by hand row-by-row to recreate the image from the photo. It is like a large scale optical illusion create by 5 different colors only, very much like the dots we get when breaking any image down to a very low resolution; when up close all you see are the colored dots, but when seen from really far away we see the shape of the images, all the different colors, etc. Perspective here plays a huge role on the way we view Eric’s portraits, but he managed to make pictures of ordinary everyday faces into something special.
The past year was a big year for Daigh, who won 3rd place at a Artprize Competition, had one of his works recognized by the Guinness World Records as the “Largest Pushpin Mosaic”, and have his work at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not permanent museum collection, among some of his many accomplishments. Aside from all the sweet prizes, and inductions, he is also making some fortune with his works… apparently they are in high demand among arts aficionados. He has more projects under his sleeves, and it seems that as long as there are push pins, this Northern Michigan resident will continue to create unordinary portraits of ordinary faces.