Potatoes into Portraits
“Human beings and potatoes have much in common. We both come in different shapes, sizes and shades of color. Our skin is porous, scars, freckles, and both inevitably wrinkle and age with time. To portray this idea, I made an installation of over a thousand portraits, transforming everyone I know, random people on the street, as well as pop stars and politician into potatoes. I chose the potato to portray human faces because of the many striking parallels. Not only is their skin porous like ours, but their skin texture and color is very similar, and like us, they come in different sizes, shapes and forms.” – Ginou
Ginou Choueiri is a Lebanese artist who has quite unique vision of art. She paints human portraits on potatoes and she does not care that her work soon sprouts shoots and rot. She makes portraits of everyone, from family and friends to people she meets on the streets, as well as famous people and politicians.
Her work has gone on exhibitions in Spain, Italy and Lebanon and has evidently given critics ample food for thought – she once used 400kg (880lb) for a single exhibition.
Some find them fun and humorous, others find them disturbing. What about you?