Controversial Artist Uses Pills to Make Mosaics of Whitney Houston and Other Deceased Celebrities
California artist Jason Mecier is known for his stand-out celebrity portraits, which are actually mosaics made from a variety of everyday objects. When he creates a likeness of Jerry Seinfeld out of breakfast cereal, it’s noteworthy — but his latest creation, a portrait of recently-deceased singer Whitney Houston, might be turning a few heads. And not in a good way.
Jason made Whitney’s image out of pills. Yes, pills. Though the singer’s official autopsy has not been released, some have speculated that her death was the result of drug use, including prescription medication. But Jason claims that his mosaics honor the deceased celebrities, saying, “[Their deaths] are sad, ironic and evocative. As an artist you want to raise these emotions. I find these pieces more honest than disrespectful. I consider it a colorful tribute. I couldn't spend hours and days working on an art piece if I didn't care.''
Offensive art or insightful tribute? Check out these photos of his work, and tell us what you think.
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