heather dewey-hagborg creates 3D portrait sculptures using DNA samples
heather dewey-hagborg creates 3D portrait sculptures using DNA samples heather dewey-hagborg creates 3D portrait sculptures using DNA samples
jan 29, 2013
heather dewey-hagborg creates 3D portrait sculptures using DNA samples

heather dewey-hagborg creates three-dimensional portraits using DNA samples
image © dan phiffer



through an un-usual DNA collection method, american artist heather dewey-hagborg creates portrait sculptures from the analyses of genetic material collected in public places. from cigarette butts to hair samples, she works using random traces left behind from un-suspecting strangers. in a statement by dewey-hagborg,  ‘stranger visions’ calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance. using DNA facial modeling software and a 3D printer, physical models are conceived – reconstructed from ethnic profiles, eye color and hair color.

three-dimensional portrait from DNA sample
image © dan phiffer

three dimensional figures conceived from DNA gathered on github
images courtesy heather dewey-hagborg

process showcased
image © dan phiffer

process showcased
image © dan phiffer

DNA hair sample collection at site
image © thomas dexter

petri dish DNA samples
image courtesy heather dewey-hagborg

(left) bushwick – adonis grocery, 209 wilson ave, (right) DNA sample from haplogroup: H1+16189 (spanish, berber, lebanese)
sample 10
images courtesy heather dewey-hagborg

(left) bushwick – laundromat, himrod st, (right) DNA sample from haplogroup: H2a2a (eastern europe, near east)
sample 12
images courtesy heather dewey-hagborg


(left) sample 10, (right) sample 12
images courtesy heather dewey-hagborg

heather dewey-hagborg with 3D head
image courtesy heather dewey-hagborg

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