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Recycled plastic gets a second life in Renaissance-style portraits

In her series "Mind over Matter" and "Kindred Spirits," she has models adopt Old Masters-style poses in period costumes made from packaging materials like foam, bubble wrap and jar lids.

Jongmans believes the act of making something out of nothing changes the way we look at reality. Where one person sees trash, she sees a lace veil or a silk sleeve, and she hopes to help viewers bend their understanding of beauty in a similar way.

"As I see it, every subject has two ends of a stick: the one that is unwanted and the one that is wanted," she explained in a phone interview. "There is contrast in life, and to appreciate both ends is the way we manage to balance ourselves."

"Sensibility" (2015) from the "Kindred Spirits" series Credit: Courtesy Suzanne Jongmans/Galerie Wilms

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