Amy Winehouse Pill Portrait Goes Viral
Jason Mercier has created a portrait of Amy Winehouse made from over 5,000 multicoloured pills. The artist created the 17 x 21 inch picture to honour the singer's short life. The soul singer died last month, bringing an end to her battle with drugs and alcohol. Since 2006, she earned a reputation for her struggle with eating disorders and addiction. Mercier Has used everything from aspirin to candy and newspaper in the past to create his works. Celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne, Nicolas Cage, Michael Jackson and other stars have received his camp - pop treatment. He creates his portraits often using the celebrities own discarded junk. Jason explains in a recent interview: "Celebrities really do send me items. Most people send me anywhere from a shoebox to a trash bag full of things to incorporate into their portraits. I have a bag of Pam Anderson's laundry, and a letter Paris Hilton wrote me from prison." The Winehouse pill popping portrait is part of Jason Mecier's series of celebrity mosaics "BIG SHOTS" on has spent over 10 years creating outrageous 3-D mosaic portraits of his favorite pop culture icons. Each portrait is created from the celebrities own discarded objects and junk such as broken sunglasses, make-up, gum wrappers, jewelry, deodorant, shoes, and other items. Mercier lives and works in San Francisco. He fervently hopes one day to trade art with Marilyn Manson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jane Seymour and Yoko Ono.