San Francisco-based artist Rebecca Szeto gives old paintbrushes whose functionality has been exhausted a new life as sculpture. The irony in the tool becoming the artwork is poetic, and the objects themselves are beautiful. The resulting pieces question our ideas of trash versus treasure, reinvention, usefulness, and beauty.
Szeto whittles the end of the brushes into faces, often inspired by the Renaissance period, and then delicately paints them leaving the entire process exposed. “The slow and repetitive nature of whittling becomes a meditative activity,” says Szeto.
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Check out her creations below and see more on her website.