What better way to pay tribute to one of the greatest composers of all time than with a portrait using his own music? Earlier last year, Erika Iris Simmons embarked on a neat project. She would carefully cut up two full pages of second-hand sheet music with an X-acto knife, keeping all the bits of music as intact as possible. Then, she aligned the remainder of the two pages over her rough outline. Her goal was to make it “look as if [Beethovan’s] bust is erupting out of the pages.” Musical bars made basic contours of the face and curls of the hair.
See some of her process photos, below.