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Interview with Sabree Garcia, Arizona Artist Who Creates Art by Recycling CDs

Kassandra Ramirez


As global warming becomes more prevalent in our environment, I often wonder how and when humans will evolve toward an environmentally friendly mindset. Constantly involved in the local art scene, I was blown away when I discovered Arizona artist Sabree Garcia’s unique art form. Garcia helps fights global warming in her own beautiful way by creating art pieces made with recycled CDs.

According to Sabree Garcia, “CDs take 1 million years to decompose” and recycling CDs into art makes her “feel like a mini superhero.” Luckily, I was able to land an artist interview with Garcia and learned more about her environmentally friendly art creations.

Sabree Garcia and “Yin Yang” by Sabree Garcia

Sabree Garcia and “Yin Yang” by Sabree Garcia

Interview has been edited for clarity

How would you describe your style? When did you first start creating recycled cd art? I would say my art is very bold and modern. I started creating recycled cd art in February 2019 when I was asked to create a public piece to contribute to a yoga event supported by downtown Tempe In Phoenix, AZ. I would claim after my third cd art piece I became a professional at it. I create what I love and what I would buy if it wasn’t me creating it.

“Cactus” by Sabree Garcia

“Cactus” by Sabree Garcia

Are there any visual artists who inspire you? What inspires you about them?

 My inspiration for my CD art came from a childhood best friend’s mom. She decorated my friends room with reverse CDs. I am also very inspired by all local AZ artists, especially mural artists, and graffiti artists. They show me that there are no limits with art.

Do you have reoccurring themes or messages in any of your work?

 I would say my most recent creations are based on things I love: music, yoga, cacti, and most importantly recycling! It feels good to put plastic to good use and cause.

“Zen” by Sabree Garcia - Available for purchase

“Zen” by Sabree Garcia - Available for purchase

What does art mean to you? Do you dabble in other mediums?

Art, to me, is my inner child. It allows me to be free. In a sense, it is also very meditating and helps me with unwinding. Art is endless when it comes to explaining it, and thats the amazing creative part about it. I also dabble in other mediums. I am currently a mural artist assistant, and on my free time I am a freelance graphic designer. When I am not doing that, I am painting.

What was the biggest highlight of the creating process? What is a dream for your art?

Biggest highlight I’ve had as an artist is hearing honest feedback. Everyone seems to love them: old, young, men, women, and children. Knowing my art leaves them happy and in awe makes me happy. My dream would be taking my art to more states and expanding the use of recycled materials.

Sabree Garcia and “Boombox” by Sabree Garcia

Sabree Garcia and “Boombox” by Sabree Garcia

Do you feel like other artists should consider making art with recycled materials?

Yes, who doesn’t love free? And saving this planet, it is such a good feeling. You can make what some people consider garbage into something beautiful.

What is the hardest part of living as a professional artist? Do you have any tips for aspiring artists?

 The hardest part is knowing your worth. And how valuable time is. Tip for aspiring artist —nothing is free and as my mentor Bacpac has said, “there are no short cuts. “

Current Project: 100 Days of Drawing

Kassandra Ramirez

By Krista Nicole

Hello Contagion Media friends and family!

This is Krista Nicole, writing my first blog post! I wanted to write a brief introduction of myself to you all, and then talk about one of my current projects. i am an illustrator and graphic designer, and because of that I consider myself both a digital and fine arts-based artist. most of my pieces are done both by hand and digitally, which gives them a unique look and feel. I’ve tried working solely by hand, as well as solely digitally, but the crossover of the two makes my art feel the most *me*. My favorite things to draw are girls and plants, but lately I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and work with different subject matters.

 I recently started a 100 days of drawing prompt for myself, which I want to use to propel myself and my art into places I haven’t gone before. At the beginning of the 100 days I decided I’d stick with one color palette for the full project which is giving my art a more consistent feel than I’ve had previously. I also wrote a list of 100 things that I like to draw, which keeps me inspired and motivated throughout these 100 drawings. Speaking of which, if any of you are illustrators that struggle with finding subject matter or inspiration, I highly recommend making yourself a long list of things you like! This can serve as a reminder to yourself of why you love what you love, as well as a way to avoid staying in your comfort zone. My current list includes such things as: rotten bananas, ramen, grumpy girls, astrology, and lady gaga. Some of these are things I draw a lot, and some are things I have never drawn!



I will post more updates as i make progress on the 100 days of drawing, right now i’m finished with around 14 drawings, even though i started 30 days ago! I’m taking my time, and teaching myself to be patient with my process. Thanks for joining me!



--Making--(something anyone can do!)

Zoe Vidgoff

Branching out into new mediums can allow new and unexpected conclusions! One can layer colored pencils on top of ink and marker, to highlight the subjects of your masterpiece. And yes, even you are making masterpieces. Believe in your unlockable potential!

—The first step is to let go on any expectation. This work of art-to-be is a little babe and you are better off to not impose strict and hard guide lines to its development. And like real children, with minds and desires unique to them, they develop inside and outside those parental expectations. Imagine the piece is an entity and with it, work collaboratively.

Give yourself a break and learn to enjoy the making without judgement to the eventual outcome.

—Step #2 locate some materials. You can go traditional with paper and pens, pencil, ink and whatnot. Or think outward into nature and recognize all as a form of art.

Work abstractly and loose, because each stroke is a non-verbal expression of your inner landscape. And it is of paramount importance that the individual is understanding themselves. Allow the art to guide you.

—Step #3 Reflection. Observe without judgement the finished piece and relish in the glory that is you. You are witnessing a mirror image of the impossibly dynamic and varied inner landscape that is you!

Mirth and Merriment to you all,

Savage Bliss