Plastic pollution has become ubiquitous in our oceans and on our shores. “Beach Couture: A Haute Mess”, is a collection of wearable pieces made from trash collected from the beaches and oceans. It makes visible, in grotesquely amusing fashion, what is often overlooked--but shouldn’t be. Ideally, viewers will walk away aware of this growing problem and provoked to take some action.
Marina DeBris trained as a graphic designer at Rhode Island School of Design and became interested in the issue of marine pollution after moving from Bondi to Los Angeles. She began collecting trash during her daily runs on Venice Beach, simply in an effort to maintain it’s beauty. Fueled by my growing concern for the ocean’s health, she began to turn the trash into art in hopes of drawing attention to the alarming developments she was seeing on the beach and reading about in the news. She returned to the eastern suburbs of Sydney over a year and a half ago and is now getting her “materials” from local beaches. “With my work I encourage the viewer to question the use of single use items, and consider ways to reduce waste so it does not end up in our oceans and landfills.”
Her work was selected at Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi & Cottesloe), presented in front of Malcolm Turnbull, David Suzuki, Daryl Hannah and others and exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo & Sydney. She was one of 5 selected artists for Waverley Council Artist in Residence Programme in 2016.
Image courtesy of the artist.