This is exactly what Zac Freeman does, and he makes amazing portraits. In 1999, Zac started collecting junk, found objects and glued them to wooden substrate to create images of unknown people. His art work is made on large pieces (28" X 35" or 70cm X 90cm).
From the artist:
"I was interested in communicating through visual representation in apparent 2-dimensional space and through the actual objects used for the medium in 3-dimensional space. It is very important to me that I incorporate the actual objects into the art as opposed to a picture or rendition of it because it better expresses the intention of the artwork. I feel the junk is more powerful being present. It is an actual thing to be reckoned with that existed in this time and place and carries energy in and of itself."
|The artist at work|