Inspiration \\ Chris Jordan’s ‘Midway: Message from the Gyre’

Today’s inspiration comes from Chris Jordan, an artist from Seattle. His artworks are often depicts horrifying facts about mass consumption and waste.

His series Midway: Message from the Gyre  shows how the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in astonishing places. Here, inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.  Check out more here.

For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here. – Chris Jordan

Photo from 'Midway: Message from the Gyre' series by Chris Jordan.

Photo from ‘Midway: Message from the Gyre’ series by Chris Jordan.

– Kathleen

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