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Tess Felix is a fine artist based in Stinson Beach, CA. All her art is created with beach plastics and debris collected along the coast by her home.
Tess explains the work by saying, “My creative background is rooted in the theatre. I have been a hairdresser and makeup artist for the performing arts for the past twenty-two years. I approach my art through the eyes of a makeup artist choosing my pallet according to basic principles with attention to color, light and shadow. I live in Stinson Beach, California where I comb the beach looking for plastic debris to use in my assemblages. My current collection shows juxtaposition between the subject matter and the plastic materials used to create the portraits. I am deeply affected by the volumes of waste in our environment and I admire the activists, innovators and people who make their voices heard. The people in this series of portraits are the messengers and the voices resounding the urgency of the perilous state of the marine life and the oceans. My aim is to portray beauty and humor and to spark curiosity, conversation and awareness.”