Chris Jordan - Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009-current)
I understand that these are horrific, disturbing images and not remotely beautiful.
At first I was under the impression that the albatross remains had been arranged by the photographer around piles of plastic trash; then I read this article and learned that “nesting chicks fill their bellies with plastic as their parents collect and feed them bits that look to them like food. As a result, tens of thousands of albatross chicks die of starvation, choking, internal bleeding and poisoning each year.”
I feel the set deserves posting.
Taxidermy is considered an art for practitioners and collectors. For others, it’s the unnatural preservation and distortion of life. However one views the subject, it is still oddly compelling to look at.
Photography by Laura Makabresku
Sabi van Hemert is a Dutch artist who creates sculptures that are a fusion between child and animal. Her sculptures have a quality of alternately denying and confirming what you think you see in them and what feeling they give you. Because it is not immediately clear what you are seeing, the relation between viewer and sculpture is more complex.
An assortment of demons, as illustrated by Louis Breton in the Dictionnaire Infernal, 1863 edition.