Marina DeBris

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Dress made by Marina DeBris, from trash found on the beach.

Marina DeBris is the name used by a California artist whose work focuses on reusing trash to raise awareness of ocean and beach pollution.[1][2][3] DeBris uses trash washed up from the beach to create trashion, 'fish tanks', decorative art and other works of art.[4][5] She has also used beach trash to provide one perspective on what the earth might look like from space.[6] As well as creating art from debris, DeBris also is a fund raiser for environmental organizations,[7][8][9][10] and collaborates with non-profit organizations and schools to educate children about ocean pollution.[11][12] DeBris is also a social activist, for example, participating in a panel on how artists can contribute to environmental public policy,[13] promoting clean energy[14] and curating a sustainability eco-art exhibition.[15] DeBris's work is not just in pollution, but also works with non profits to raise funds for art education.[16] DeBris is listed with the Women Environmental Artists Directory.[17]

Education and personal life[edit]

DeBris was educated at Indiana University and the Rhode Island School of Design. She has lived and worked in New York City, London, England, and Sydney, Australia. She was born in Detroit and currently lives in Los Angeles.[18][19][20]

Genre and venues[edit]

Works by DeBris are often displayed in galleries,[21][22][23][24] Sculpture by the Sea[25][26][27][28] included in science events,[29] or may be used by organizations as awards.[30] Her works are also displayed in venues not typically thought of as galleries, but are art venues nonetheless, such as retail stores,[9][31][32] Burning Man,[33] a trasher's ball,[34] a downtown art walk,[35] or an Earth Day creek spring clean-up.[36]

DeBris also partners or works with various anti-pollution organizations, such as Friends of Ballona Wetlands,[37] 5 Gyres,[38] RuckusRoots,[39] the United Nations Special Assembly on Climate Change[40] and Heal the Bay.[41] Marina DeBris has also designed accessories for Captain Charles J. Moore, who worked to bring attention to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. DeBris' work with the United Nations Special Assembly was a collaboration with actress/poet Sheryl Lee, dancer Maya Gabay, and musician Marla Leigh.[42]


  1. ^ Greenmuze Staff (19 June 2011). "Washed Up Beach Art". Greenmuze. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  2. ^ Staff (November 8, 2011). "Our Town, Central". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  3. ^ Guzman, Richard (2014-04-29). "Urban Ocean Festival brings music, art, food and more to Aquarium of the Pacific for ocean awareness". Daily Bulletin. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  4. ^ Jesse (April 18, 2010). "Art by Deb Ris". Forth Magazine. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  5. ^ "City Managers Weekly Report, Huntington Beach, California". Huntington Beach Art Center. November 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ Elizabeth Schwyzer (August 3, 2011). "New Art". Santa Barbara Independent. 
  7. ^ "Mar Vista Artist Turns Trash Into Eye-Opening Art". The Open Daily. 2011-05-23. Retrieved 7/25/12. 
  8. ^ Rebecca Asoulin (August 5, 2011). "Community Briefs: "Trash becomes art."". Santa Monica Daily Press. 
  9. ^ a b "Coast Couture" Rowena Ritchie, Eco Style West, Vol 23, August 23, 2011 "Coast Couture."
  10. ^ "Art exhibit of trash pieces on display at Fred Segal gallery in Santa Monica". The Argonaut. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2013-2-17. 
  11. ^ "Santa Monica Baykeeper to Educate and Entertain Children at Abbott Kinney Street Festival September 25 in Venice, California." Kristine Lee. Westside Today. No date given "Santa Monica Baykeeper to Educate Children"
  12. ^ "News  » OC... and Sculpture by the Sea!". Sutherland Public Schools. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  13. ^ "California Lawyers for the Arts, Arts and Environmental Dialogue II—Los Angeles". California Lawyers for the Arts. April 7, 2011 "Arts and Environmental Dialogue II Final Report"
  14. ^ "Hands Across the Sand! Activism immersed in Art!". Art 4 All People, Workshops, Retreats and Fine Arts Gallery. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "SustainAbility A Call for Action-We are all in this together--Eco Art Exhibition For International artists". California Arts Council. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Leonardo, Kathy (June 2012). "The Fashion of TRASHion Lights Up Downtown LA". Whitehot Magazine. Retrieved 7/25/12. 
  17. ^ "Marina DeBris". Women Environmental Artists Directory. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  18. ^ "Marina DeBris". LA Art Lab. 
  19. ^ "Washed Up, About page". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Marina DeBris". Art Slant New York. Art Slant. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Santa Monica Pulse, 2011, listing event for Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 8:00PM, Vlounge, 2020 Wilshire, Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403". RAW, Natural Born Artists. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  22. ^ Upstairs at the Market Gallery, ArtLab Presents: Language. February 26, 2011.
  23. ^ "11:11 A Creative Collective". 11:11 A Creative Collective. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  24. ^ "Transcending Trash: the Art of Upcycling". Muzeo Museum Current Exhibit, April 26, 2014 - August 31, 2014. Muzeo Muzeum. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  25. ^ Wynne, Emma (2014-03-11). "Aquarium of the pacific gyre by Marina DeBris at Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach, 7 March 2014". ABC News Australia. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  26. ^ Taylor, Andrew (October 24, 2013). "Bondi bubble turns head at Sculpture by the Sea". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  27. ^ Paget, Clive (28 October 2013). "Sculpture by the Sea takes art on holiday". Limelight. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  28. ^ Wynne, Emma (2014-03-11). "Aquarium of the pacific gyre by Marina DeBris at Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach, 7 March 2014" (3/11/2014). ABC News. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  29. ^ "LASER - Space and Place". UCLA Art | Sci Center. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  30. ^ James, Mitch (2012-12-25). "Golden Goody Award Presented To Anna Cummins At UN Women LA Event". Santa Monica Mirror. Retrieved 2013-2-14. 
  31. ^ Styrofoam Cups: From Trash to Fashion. Heal The Bay News Item.
  32. ^ Marina DeBris’ Beach Couture – A Trash ‘n Fashion Show. Tabu Trashion news item, August 11, 2011.
  33. ^ Wilson, Stiv. "Junkraft at Burning Man". The Latest on Plastic Pollution. 5Gyres. Retrieved 2/4/2012. 
  34. ^ "Surfrider Los Angeles news about upcoming events". Surfriders News. Electronic Music Alliance. Retrieved 2/4/2012. 
  35. ^ "Calendar entry for November 9, 2011". Huntington Beach Independent. Retrieved 4/2/2012. 
  36. ^ Alvez, Christian. "Earth Day Report: Springtime Restoration & Creek Cleanup at Ballona". Friends of Ballona Wetlands. Retrieved 4/2/2012. 
  37. ^ Alvez, Christian. "Earth Day Report: Springtime Restoration & Creek Cleanup at Ballona". Friends of Ballona Wetlands. Retrieved 2013-2-17. 
  38. ^ Cummins, Anna. "Marina Debris aka Garbage Girl rocks trash couture in Japan". 5 Gyres. Retrieved 2013-2-14. 
  39. ^ "TRASHion Show: A Success". Ruckus Roots. Retrieved 2013-2-14. 
  40. ^ "UN Women Special Assembly on Climate Change". SGI Quarterly. no date given. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  41. ^ "Styrofoam Cups: From Trash to Fashion". Heal the Bay. Retrieved 2013-2-14. 
  42. ^ "UN Women L.A. Chapter to host First General Assembly December 8th". PR Web. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 

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