Artist Recreates 17th-Century Portraits on Crushed Beer Cans, Calls Series “My White Trash Family”

The series breathes new life into the stuffy portraits of old.

  • All images courtesy of Kim Alsbrooks.
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Philadelphia artist Kim Alsbrooks has a funny idea of what it means to be family. The artist has recently completed a series called “My White Trash Family,” a combination of historical nostalgia and upcycling.

Using oil paints, Alsbrooks recreates portraits from the watercolor-on-ivory era of painting. Her subjects are royals, rich girls looking for a husband, and cherub-faced young boys.

Alsbrooks writes that the project began in 2004 when a history professor challenged her to think about historical biases. The artist wondered, “What’s up with all these people painted on ivory?,” and so she helpfully transferred them to cheap juice boxes and beer cans.

Click through the gallery to see history, taken down a notch.

[via Kim Alsbrooks]

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