Irina Pashina’s Upcycling Art: A New Wave Of Environmental Awareness

Maria Bregman is a journalist, writer and contemporary art researcher

The ocean is a source of life, inspiration, and wonder. But it is also a victim of human pollution, overconsumption, and waste. Millions of tons of garbage have filled the ocean and its shores, threatening the marine ecosystem and the planet’s health. How can we face this crisis and change our relationship with the ocean and the environment?

One artist who is trying to answer this question is Irina Pashina, a Russian-born painter who lives and works in Turkey. Pashina is known for her upcycling art, a form of art that uses discarded materials such as plastic bags, cardboard, and packaging to create new and original artworks. Pashina’s upcycling art is not only a way of recycling and reusing waste, but also a way of expressing her vision and philosophy of the world.

Irina Pashina’s Upcycling Art: A New Wave Of Environmental Awareness
Irina Pashina – Ocean’s series

Pashina’s latest series, called “Ocean”, is a stunning example of her upcycling art. The series consists of paintings that depict the ocean and its various aspects, such as waves, islands, and maps. But if you look closer, you will notice that the paintings are not made of traditional materials, but of garbage. Pashina uses plastic bags to create the illusion of water, cardboard to create the texture of land, and other objects to create the details of ships, fish, and birds. The result is a mesmerizing contrast between the bright beauty of the ocean and the incompatible garbage that pollutes it.

Pashina’s “Ocean” series is not only a visual representation of the ocean, but also a metaphor for the human condition. Pashina believes that there is too much matter in the world, and that it becomes denser and turns into an ocean of garbage. This matter is created by humans in huge quantities, and it includes the beautiful things that we briefly love and then discard, such as dresses, suits, bags, and packaging. 

Pashina’s upcycling art is not only a form of artistic expression, but also a form of environmental activism. Pashina hopes that her art can raise awareness and inspire people to change their habits and attitudes towards the ocean and the environment. She says that her art is a way of showing respect and gratitude to the ocean, and that she wants to create a dialogue between humans and nature. She says that her art is a way of healing the ocean and the world.

Some similar artists who work in ecology art are:

  • Benjamin Von Wong: He is a Canadian artist who uses photography and digital manipulation to create striking images that highlight environmental issues. Von Wong often uses plastic waste as a material for his artworks, such as his series “Unforgettable Pollution”, which shows people surrounded by plastic bottles in various natural settings. Von Wong’s photographs are a way of questioning the audience on the dramatic scale of plastic waste in our oceans, and the impact it has on marine life and human health.
  • Lorenzo Quinn: He is an Italian artist who is famous for his sculpture “Support”, which shows two giant hands emerging from the water to support a hotel in Venice. The sculpture is a warning against the threat of climate change and the rise of sea levels that endanger the city. Quinn also has a series called “Forces of Nature”, which shows human figures made of metal and stone interacting with natural elements such as wind, water, and fire. Quinn’s sculptures are a way of expressing his respect and admiration for nature, and his concern for its preservation.
Irina Pashina’s Upcycling Art: A New Wave Of Environmental Awareness
Irina Pashina – Glaciers series

The ecological theme can be traced throughout Pashina’s work. Another series of her works from recycled rubbish – “Glaciers” – reminds us of climate change due to the melting of ice caps and the loss of biodiversity. Pashina uses plastic bags to create the impression of snow and ice, and adds colorful objects in the polar regions. Pashina’s “Glaciers” series is a way of celebrating the beauty and diversity of nature, and also a way of warning us of the consequences of our actions.

Pashina’s upcycling art is a new wave of environmental awareness that challenges us to rethink our consumption and production patterns, and to find creative ways of transforming waste into art. Pashina’s art is a testimony of her love and respect for the ocean and the world, and an invitation for us to join her in this journey of healing and transformation. Pashina’s art is a way of saying that there is hope, and that we can make a difference.