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Tan Zi Xi
The Arts
For humorously highlighting environmental challenges

Tan Zi Xi

Location: Singapore

Multimedia artist and illustrator Tan Zi Xi’s work draws attention to the world’s daunting environmental problems using humour and a lightness of touch. It focuses in particular on marine degradation, such as her iconic Plastic Ocean (2016), consisting of more than 20,000 pieces of plastic waste suspended from a ceiling. Also known as Messymsxi, she has collaborated with brands including Kiehl’s, Facebook, Google, Converse, SK-II and Foot Locker.

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