Scott Fife creates iconic heads using basic materials like archival cardboard, glue and screws. They are decorated with a ‘dead-looking’ surface while maintaining a strong facial structure and lively gaze. He has created celebrity personalities including Frida Kahlo, Elvis Presley, and Abraham Lincoln.
Fife explains, “I like the physical nature of building the sculpture–it seems very old-fashioned and traditional. The idea of the material itself–it’s friendly, flexible, there’s a glow from in it. I’m the full-service artist–doing it all at the moment. I like the aspect of the low-tech tools that I need to make something like this. In the beginning [it was] an Xacto knife, masking tape and glue–now it’s the screwgun.”
Check out the video below to hear Scott Fife describe the making of his Kurt Cobain exhibition previously at the Seattle Art Museum.