At a time when people are increasingly aware of how much we waste, there are some who find unique ways to document the impact of environmental problems we create. Visual representation of the waste we produce and its damage on the environment often constitutes a simple and effective message.
According to WA artist Julie Wilson-Foster, the environment proves a great motivator and inspiration in the development of her pieces.
"I spend hours collecting cleaning, stockpiling, playing with and then cutting or tying my discards into their final form," Ms Wilson-Foster said.
Her projects have used PET plastic bottles with food colouring and water as well as flowers, a bridal gown with 3-metre-train and a DNA strand all made out of discarded plastic bags.
Julie was recently part of the inaugural Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2005 exhibition, held along Cottesloe Beach in Perth. The exhibition featured 40 sculptures by Western Australia's leading sculptors, including Julie's artwork (above left), which was made from plastic shopping bags.
Another of Julie's Artworks, the Grid (above right) is made of recycled electric cable collected from energy company, Ergon Energy.
Sydney Artist, Martin Cullen, donated $1,000 prize money from 2002's Warringah Art Prize to Clean Up Australia as well as an artwork.
Clean Up Australia Chairman and Founder Ian Kiernan says: "We are indeed fortunate to have people like Martin coming to us to share both their concerns and hard-earned success." John Dahlsen and Pat Pillai have long used rubbish as materials for their vivid artworks.
A past collaborator with Clean Up Australia, John Dahlsen's art from waste hangs in galleries from New York to Brisbane. The Byron Bay based artist most recently opened an exhibition titled 'Renewed' featuring his paintings, drawings, photography and found object artwork.
Pat Pillai secured endorsement from Clean Up Australia for an 'artificial' reef entered in the 2002 'Sydney Sculpture by the Sea' exhibition.
"Our idea was initiated by hearing Ian Kiernan discuss the extent of cigarette butt litter on Bondi Beach after the 2002 Clean Up Australia campaign," Ms Pillai said.
Pat's 'partner in crime' is 72-year-old artist Esther Clarke who helped develop the 110kg 'coral reef' out of cigarette butts, drink cans, plastic bottles and confectionary wrappers attached to chicken wire.
Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan praised the initiative displayed by these artists who have transformed what we discard into artistic expression.
"These artists' environmental artworks reflect the spirit of our beloved Australia landscape and embody a conscience that is fundamental to all Australians who want to maintain our country and our coastline," Mr Kiernan said.