One can only guess that when Michigan-based visual artist Scott Gundersen treats himself to dinner and a bottle of fine wine, the focus isn’t on the bouquet or even the vintage of said wine, but on the cork. Why? Because instead of tossing them into the trash where they will head to a landfill and rot for thousands of years, Gundersen adds these wine-stained corks to his collection to use in one of his stunning, larger-than-life portraits.
The corks, in all different hues and shades, are used as the “paint” that brings to life the contours and shadows of his subject’s face. When embarking upon a new piece, Gundersen photographs his model, then draws the face from the photograph, and finally sets to pinning the corks into place against the canvas until the face begins to take shape—from blank to finished, a single portrait can take over 200 hours and 9000 corks! You can see more of Scott’s work on his website and Facebook page.