Poem Portraits: Jamie Poole Uses Fiance's Love Letters To Create Intricate Artworks (PHOTOS)

02/25/2013 10:21 am ET | Updated Feb 25, 2013

Here's an alternative to making a scrapbook. Artist Jamie Poole put his poetry and love letters to good use, using the heartfelt texts as raw materials for a massive portrait. Poole used notes and poems from his fiancée to create a surprisingly realistic portrayals of himself and his bride to be.

The large-scale artworks turn simple typography into pseudo-brushstrokes, crafting a lifelike portrait that almost appears to be a black-and-white photograph. Poole, who is primarily a landscape painter and art teacher, explained his affinity for working with textual snippets to Junk Culture: "As text is layered the words, lines and phrases are repeated and embedded into the work creating a unifying physicality."

For other text-centric artworks, check out Lesley Dill's "Faith and the Devil" exhibition. See Poole's masterpiece up close in the slideshow below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Jamie Poole Makes Portraits Made of Shredded Poems
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