Thank you LouAnne and Jeff for sending me this quote from this same artist!!! the Universe converged on good art!
These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.
To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.
~cj, October 2009
Chris Jordan makes work from mass residue (*like our masses of plastic waste from the ocean to using sharks' teeth from slaughtered sharks and using them to accumulate into images of sharks he's created. This image was created with 1000s of pieces of plastic trash collected from the ocean.
8x11 feet, in three vertical panels by Chris Jordan "Depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world's oceans every hour. All of the plastic in this image was collected from the Pacific Ocean".
Shark Teeth, 2009
64x94"; based on a watercolor painting by Sarah Waller "Depicts 270,000 fossilized shark teeth, equal to the estimated number of sharks of all species killed around the world every day for their fins."
Here's the work that shocked me his "Message from the Gyre" work
Check out his work at: http://www.chrisjordan.com/