Michael Aaron Williams, a young American artist from Knoxville, Tennessee, has created art from discarded materials.
He uses the materials he has found as a canvas to create intense and almost disturbing portraits. The organic and decomposing state of the pieces adds to the raw visual effect while also showing the beautiful transformation the artist has achieved.
Michael Aaron seeks to save materials from their fate and repurpose them, making them into something that is valued and appreciated.
“These pieces are done on things that have been found on the side of the road, railroad tracks and in old barns. Basically it is about using something that would have deteriorated over time if left where it was and taking them into the studio and making something beautiful out of them.”
He does not only experiment with different materials, but also different techniques in composing his work. The piece below has been created using a process of burning the wood rather than painting it.
Each portrait is simple yet captivating and very real, showing the artists ability to capture human emotion.