Presented at this year’s Shir Madness Festival will be Bronte based visual artist Marina DeBris. Marina is known internationally for her couture fashion collections made from washed up beach waste.
Marina has been collecting trash from beaches for over a decade. Her mission began fifteen years ago when she moved from Bondi Beach to Los Angeles.
“In the beginning I would just pick up stacks of Styrofoam cups and bring them to the local 7-11, but I soon realized that this wasn’t really attacking the root problem. I needed a creative way to draw attention to it. The whole idea of making beach detritus into art came from the realization that the waste we create always comes back to haunt us.”
DeBris collection “Beach Couture: A Haute Mess”, is a line of wearable art that has been made from exactly that, ocean pollution.
“I use humor to startle viewers into taking a closer look at things we usually ignore. The goal is to encourage people to rethink their use of disposables and, ultimately, reduce waste.”
In 2014 Marina notably exhibited a piece in Sculpture by the Sea which involved a giant aquarium filled with trash. She playfully presented didactic museum text around her creatures in order to describe the “sea life” inside. The work received a people’s choice acknowledgment. Her new exhibition Beach Couture: A Haute Mess continues Marina’s long term interest in environmental concerns and the repurposing of discarded “waste” to raise awareness about plastic pollution.