Martine Camillieri: an artist committed to ecology and the circular economy

Posted on 09 September 2016.

Since 2000, this former advertising executive has been increasing the number of her projects and artistic activities that raise awareness about ecology and the circular economy.

Martine Camillieri is one of those people with an unusual background. A former advertising executive, she turned to art in 2000. She decided to dedicate her work to ecology, recycling and fighting waste. An all-embracing approach from a committed artist.

Recycling waste through upcycling

As an upcycling activist, Martine Camillieri engages in all kinds of experiments to give a second lease of life to waste - by changing its uses and using it in new creations.

Among her many creations, you may have already seen - in an exhibition or a shop -her toy "bottle trucks" (made from plastic household cleaner bottles), her "dinette chandeliers" (old lighting fixtures restored with children’s old toys) or her spiral notebooks whose covers are made from old luxury brand shopping bags.

Grand Paris Express: fighting food waste

Martine Camillieri is also committed to fighting food waste. In 2007, for example, she organized a 100% biodegradable buffet to celebrate ten years of the Maison des Arts in Malakoff, where she lives and works. Guests ate their meals on a cabbage leaf, used wheat stalks as straws and all were given a paper bag in which to put their waste to make into compost.

A new experiment on 4 June 2016. During the launch of the work on the Grand Paris Express - a project that aims to be environmentally friendly - Martine Camillieri was invited to organize a "zero waste dinner." A reception where everything was edible, including the crockery - and afterwards the furniture was turned into a chicken coop for an urban farm in Malakoff.

Art as a lever for raising awareness

Martine Camillieri considers her art to be a lever for raising awareness. As for example evidenced by her "orange alert" project denouncing the dangers of plastic for the planet. In 2011, in the field of her house in Normandy, she installed a mini-temple of orange plastic objects. Her goal: to ensure the structure is photographed regularly for four hundred years, which is the amount of time it will take for the plastic to degrade in nature.

Through her many actions, Martine Camillieri gives a new dimension to the concept of a committed artist for whom the circular economy and ecology represent a day to day battle.