Mary Ellen Croteau - May 2011


This 8 foot by 7 foot self-portrait is made entirely of plastic bottle caps.  None of them were painted.  The color variations were achieved through layering the caps, nesting them into one another.  Your eye will blend the colors.  There are approximately 7,000 caps in this work.

This piece was inspired by the work of artist Chuck Close, who paints large portraits by creating a grid on a photograph and then looking for the colors in each square.  I had noticed that the plastic bottle caps I was working with on another project kept getting stuck together, and it made me think of Chuck Close’s circles of paint.

A Big THANK YOU to all who collected and sent me bottle caps, and to Resource Recycling, which let me collect caps from the recycling bins.

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