In Dorothy’s effort to bring you the GLBTQ communities’ most talented artists, musicians and performers, we present to you, Jason Mecier. Jason has a very unique form of art. He creates outrageous three dimensional mosaic portraits of his favorite pop culture icons.
Jason’s been honing his craft for over 10 years. What’s really unique about Jason’s art is that each portrait is created from the celebrities own discarded objects and junk such as broken sunglasses, make-up, gum wrappers, jewelry, deodorant, shoes, and whatever else they can conjure up. Jason’s also used simple household items such as beans, noodles, yarn and pencils.
Born in Los Angeles, Mecier now calls San Francisco home. Although Jason has not had any formal art training, his grandmother, Anita Tollefson was his mentor. He can remember, “Being mesmerized by her paintings, weavings, mosaics, sculptures, collages, and stained glass work that filled my grandparents’ house and yard. If Anita was working on an art project, she would set me up at a nearby table with a project of my own to work on. One of my earliest pieces is a mosaic made from beans, noodles, rocks, and cut bamboo sticks glued on a piece of wood. My grandmother encouraged me to create masterpieces using materials readily available to me. She would rather paint on the back of her cigarette cartons than buy a canvas. I learned from her that I can make art out of anything I want to, and that there are no rules.”
Jason got hooked on celebrity early in life, he remembers as a kid he was obsessively clipping and scrap-booking pictures from the TV Guide of his favorite shows. In high school he did pencil drawings of his favorite record covers like The Rolling Stones, Olivia Newton-John and Pat Benatar. Later he did a series of psychedelic collages using Charlie’s Angels trading cards and picture of Florence Henderson from the Wesson Oil coupons and ads. Soon he was arranging beans and noodles into larger portraits of these icons. It just exploded from there!
Here's a photo of Jason with the beautiful Elvira, Mistress of the dark! In case you didn't know, Jason's the handsome gentleman on the right!!
Mecier meticulously creates his mosaic master pieces; each piece takes well over 50 hours to create. The portraits he did of Farrah Fawcett and Lady Gaga each took almost 2 months and hundreds of hours.
It is hard to believe that celebrities really do send Jason their trash, but they do! Phyllis Diller sends him a small box every few months filled with odd things like pine cones, dried up paints, jewelry, eyeglasses and anti-itch ointments. He also has a bag of Pam Anderson's laundry, and a letter Paris Hilton wrote him from prison!
Jason’s art is featured in the new Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Book; Prepare to be Shocked! and Taschen’s Illustration Now! Some of his many clients include Wrigley's, Ford, Quaker, The Food Network, Aveeno, Corona, MTV, Rolling Stone, Showtime, Entertainment Weekly, People, Soap Opera Weekly, The Advocate, The Village Voice and The New York Times.
Some of the portraits he has done include celebrity icons such as Florence Henderson, Mary-Louise Parker, Ricki Lake, RuPaul, Margaret Cho, George Lopez, Scissor Sisters, the Go-Go’s, the B52's, Ryan Adams, Morgan Fairchild, Pink, Bjork, Melissa Etheridge and Gloria Steinem.
RuPaul made out of her own junk!
San Francisco's own Turleen made out of her junk!
Heath Ledger made out of pills!
Taylor Lautner made out of Red Vines licorice!
Jackie Beat made out of her junk!
Elisabeth Berkley as Nomi Malone made out of Red Vines licorice!
Rosie O'Donnell made out of junk food!
Jason is "about to start on Amy Sedaris' portrait. She sent me a bunch of leftovers from her new craft book ( Pom-poms, fabric from her outfits,, felt and some 70's yarn covered hangers!) so I'm really excited about that. Also waiting to hear back from Liza and Suzanne Somers and Jennifer Tilly about sending me their junk, so that keeps me awake at night!" Jason’s commissioned pieces start at $1,500 and up.
He is currently looking for a publisher for his coffee table book, Celebrity Junk Drawer . It consists of approximately 100 portraits with details, photos, and stories from celebrities regarding art, fame, and storage units. So if anyone reading this has some publishing contacts, please contact Jason!