In the project “Stranger Visions,” artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures of people she has never met, based solely on their DNA. To create the sculptures, she extracted DNA from gum, cigarettes, hair, and other samples she collected in public places. She then used software to translate the DNA into computer models and ultimately, 3D printed sculptures.
The artist with a DNA-based self-portrait. Photo by Dan Phiffer