Brazilian artist Edu Monteiro has created autorretrato sensorial (sensory self-portrait), an unusual self-portrait series in which he completely enveloped his head in various materials such as food, cigarettes, twine, coal, toys, and meat. Monteiro explained that this project was an experiment with identity.
(translated) Like the suicide bomber, who gives up his identity in the name of an ideology, Edu Monteiro hides his face under masks obscuring their human condition as it transforms into a hybrid being. The difference, however, lies in the artist achieves poetic, brutal on the one hand, full of humor on the other. The textures that the photographer seeks in organic elements -plants, peppers and coals – close to what you see in Arcimboldo paintings: portraits that confuse the senses to misrepresent nature itself. Already the images he gets through the merger of the human body with artificial body – cigarettes and stuffed animals – refer to a dark or decadent future, inhabited by mutant creatures.