Using trash bags, unused grocery bags and plastic sheets, Pakistani artist Khalil Chishtee creates life-sized figures wracked with emotion. He uses these materials as a metaphor for "recycling our identities" or braving the problems of life.

“For the first time I have used trash or recycled bags as my medium because no matter how many times I recycle plastic, it will remain plastic only, it will not change, so why do we change after being replaced?," he says. "We change names, religion, language and even emotions. Why can't we also remain ‘human beings' that we essentially are?”

Look through his various works and you'll feel a sense of sadness wash over you. His torn, withering figures appear hopeless, as if they're struggling, trying to cope with the insurmountable problems of everyday life.

Khalil Chishtee's website

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Comment by Derek O. Hanley on February 1, 2012 at 10:48am

This article was

Comment by Mark Wherry on January 31, 2012 at 8:02pm

Truly amazing

Comment by Pag Arao-Arao on January 31, 2012 at 3:53pm

That is inspired!

Comment by katie hosmer on January 30, 2012 at 12:17pm

wow these feel so haunting and emotional, I love them!


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