After having lived in the South, with its preoccupations on the revolutionary war and its social structures, artist Kim Alsbrooks was inspired to create ‘White Trash,’ a series that spoke of these archaic ideas while incorporating trash as canvases. Composed on flattened beer cans or crushed fast food containers, Alsbrooks re-creates 18th century portraits on these unexpected surfaces. Commenting on beauty and social status, the miniature portraits merge antiquated ways of capturing the physical memory of a person with our modern preoccupations with consumption and immediate gratification. Alsbooks is currently showing several pieces from this series at NJ’s Parlor Gallery. View more of the works below.