Polution is becoming unavoidable issue nowadays. More and more people are now raising awareness about its devastating consequences. Recycling is a great part of the solution. But who can do a better job at at promoting this message than the artists? As a great man (Terence McKenna) once said: “The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. Because of the artists, who are self-selected, for being able to journey into the Other, if the artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found.” Recycling into art is a project about making luxury with simple things from everyday life. The project was created by Moscow based artist and designer Venera Kazarova. Venera collaborated with photographer Ira Bordo & make-up artist Olga Glazunova.
Combining a kind of garbage with shining & glamour was the idea. We wanted to work with the contrast effect. I made this using disposable utensils, foil, garbage bags, wrapping paper. All of the stuff that people normally throw away immediately after using. My inspiration comes from nature, especially from plants & underwater world. I`m very fond of different textures & forms which I can find in simple things around me. Sometimes I can see my creations in my dream when sleeping. It took me for about a week to complete Ricycling into Art project. I made it exceptionally for the photoshoot as it’s very fragile & one can’t put it on & wear it.
In my work I try to combine my love and passion towards paper & fabric. By using these materials in combination with plastic utensils, polyethylene and everything that comes to hand, I created contrast effect.
Recycling into Art!
When asked about the thought process behind the work Venera responded: “It all started with working on the shape and texture. The clothes had only aesthetic value for me. In time I had a need to create dresses as an art objects with which I can express my thoughts, concepts and ideas as an artist. Maybe it was because of internal changes and developments in the world and in my country as well. So now my creations are a kind of a message. Maybe as if the dress was a painting, a book, or a song.”
And I must agree, her message is clear. We can only hope it reaches as much people as possible.
Visual content courtesy of Venera Kazarova.