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Heather Dewey-Hagborg: Portraits

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Look out. Heather Dewey-Hagborg’ might have 3D printed your face…

Brooklyn-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has a pretty extraordinary artistic practice that sits somewhere between fanatic hoarding and scientific investigation. As she goes about her daily business in New York she stops along the way to collect genetic material that the city’s inhabitants have willingly discarded. Hairs in public toilets and skin on cigarette butts all form the building blocks of complex sculptural creations that Heather produces by extracting the DNA and using that information to create life-like 3D printed sculptures of her anonymous subjects’ faces. They’re weird, wonderful and genuinely haunting, but the thing we just can’t get our heads arounds is how Heather managed to persuade a laboratory to use their equipment for artistic purposes? If only there were more collaborative relationships like this between the worlds of art and science.

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