Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Potato People

When I was a child my mother showed me how to make a potato animal. It was simple--you lay the potato on its side, insert four toothpicks (for the legs), then stand it upright. Voila, it's now a cow (minus the head and tail of course, but with a child's imagination, it can be any four-legged animal you want it to be.) At the time I thought that potato-toothpick cow was the coollest thing ever.

Lebanese artist Ginou Choueiri has taken it a step farther and concentrated on showing us what can be done creatively to make of common potatoes a very realistic portrait of people's faces.

"Potatoes and human heads are quite similar," she says.

"Not only is their skin porous like ours but they also come in different colors, shapes and sizes. Potato heads grow, sprout, age, and then decay ... but they refuse to go without a trace!"

You can visit Ginou's potato people gallery here.

Oh, and she doesn't just do potato faces--check out her other artwork here, and on her blog here.


*Many thanks for the artist's permission to display her potato people on my blog today.

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