Most of you who were born before 1980, will remember what it was like recording your own selection of music on an audio cassette player. Sitting by the radio, waiting for that one song to come by and hoping the Disc Jockey wouldn’t talk through the intro. Those cassettes were played over and over again, until the tape would finally die. Some cassettes would be too precious to give up on, so I would try to rescue them. Then what mostly happened was the tape would run/come out completely, leaving me without any hope… 

An artist named iri5 managed to find an alternative destination for her old tapes. Using these tapes, iri5 has turned them into a remarkable work of art in a series that she calls “Ghost in the Machine.”  The series portrays celebrities and musicians such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe and my all time favorite movie character “the Dude” from The Big Lebowski. Her style focuses on recycling materials, such as those old cassettes, VHS tapes and used books.

She says: ”It feels great to work with strange, older materials. Things that have a mind of their own. Most everything I use has been thrown away or donated at some point. Past its prime, like some of the finest things in the world.” Everybody says: you go girl. As is the way of the web, click on the picture above to see her great works of art… making sure you also check out her compositions made out of photographs.