Art & Multi-Media

Visual Artists

  • Beach Plastic: the project of artists Judith Selby Lang and  Richard Lang who for over ten years have collected plastic trash from the beach at the Point Reyes National sea shore and incorporated it into beautiful works of art to highlight the environmental issues of plastic pollution. Read about my adventure with Judith and Richard.
  • Chris Jordan Photographic Arts: Chris Jordan is a photographer whose series Running the Numbers, a comment on society’s mass consumption, has gone viral.  In 2009, he visited the island of Midway to photograph dead albatross chicks full of plastic pieces.  He’s a committed and passionate activist.
  • Coastodian: The Coastodian builds giant “meta-bottles” from plastic bottles he collects on the beach.  These meta-bottles show what one person can pick up on a fraction of the earth’s coastline in one short year.
  • Dianna Cohen: L.A. artist who paints with plastic bags and other trash to create beautiful abstract pieces that comment on our disposable society. Read Dianna’s profile on My Plastic-free Life here.
  • International Plastic Quilt Project: The project asks participants to try living plastic-free for a few months, collect any plastic they can’t avoid, and then turn their collection into a quilt square to raise awareness of plastic’s ubiquity.  Here’s my post about the project with lots of pictures.
  • Kathleen Egan: Bay Area surfer who creates mosaics and sculptures from plastic beach trash, notably a giant plastic bottle wave that can be “surfed” by members of the public. Read Kathleen’s profile on My Plastic-free Life.
  • Marina DeBris:  L.A. artist Marina DeBris uses humor and irony in her plastic trash pieces to show that the waste we create keeps coming back to haunt us.
  • Plastic Footprint Project: Teacher Annie Clark was tired of all the plastic bottles her kids were bringing into her art class and decided to use art to teach them about plastic pollution.  She enlisted her students’ help to build a giant plastic foot made of water bottles standing on Planet Earth. Read my blog post about the project here.
  • Plastic Ocean Project: Artist Bonnie Monteleone’s art installation “What Goes Around, Comes Around” consists of plastic items morphed into the famous block art, “The Great Wave” by Hokusai.  It systematically illustrates how the oceans are very different than what Hokusai saw less than 200 years ago.
  • Plastiquarium: David Edgar creates strange marine life from recycled plastic detergent bottles.  His piece, Plastiquarium, envisions a plastic world in which marine creatures have evolved into into strange forms mimicking the plastic that pollutes the sea.  Read my interview with David Edgar.
  • Tess Felix: Tess creates amazingly detailed portraits from plastic trash she collects near her home at Stinson Beach.  Check out the incredible portraits she created of me and other “ocean heroes.”
  • Washed Ashore Project:  The Washed Ashore Project builds large art sculptures of sea life made from plastic marine debris, which are part of a traveling exhibition which includes educational signage and programs that encourage reducing, refusing, reusing and recycling.
  • Washed Up: A stunning photo series by Alejandro Durán.  The compositions depict brilliantly-colored plastic objects arranged deliberately against the natural environment to make a statement about plastic pollution.

Film

  • Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?    My favorite plastic-related documentary, and not just because I have a small part in it.  It’s thorough (covers all aspects of plastic, not just plastic bags) and funny at the same time.
  • From the Waste Up:  A funny and inspiring film by Taina Uitto of the blog Plastic Manners.  “Our documentary follows the lives of 19 people as they attempt to live without plastic. It explores the concepts of consumerism, waste, and convenience as well as the great abundance in going without. Live vicariously plastic-free as you watch these families navigate through this disposable world. Educational, inspirational, and entertaining.”
  • All the Way to the Ocean: Children’s story based on the popular book.  “Joel Harper’s beloved book is now an animated movie featuring the talents of acclaimed actors, award winning musicians, and dedicated activists; including Amy Smart, Ben Harper, Burning Spear, Jack Johnson, Joel Harper, Marcia Cross, and Xavier Rudd.  The movie artfully tackles non-point source pollution in an entertaining and immersive way that children and adults will find engaging!”
  • Tapped, a film that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.
  • Plastic Paradise, by Angela Sun
  • Addicted to Plastic
  • Plastic Planet
  • Plastic Shores
  • A Plastic Ocean: Film coming soon…

Video

    • Plastic State of Mind:  Viral parody of the popular song, Empire State of Mind.  Kids love it.
    • Canvas Bags, by Tim Minchin. This totally addictive, hilarious video makes me so happy I could cry. Too bad about the commercial that shows up beforehand on the YouTube site.
    • Zero Waste Project – “Baygs” Check out how this woman can create five reusable bags from one T-shirt!
    • Bag Ban Conspiracy: My favorite video about all the things you can use for garbage and pet waste instead of plastic grocery bags. Bring along your sense of humor as you watch, as you will need it.

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