There are a few different ways you can approach Jordan Eagles’ blood-spattered artwork. There’s the way the artist himself does, as a look at “regeneration and the intangible connections between body, spirit and nature,” all providing a novel tale of “death to life.” Or, you can interpret the work as an exploration of the unseemly byproducts of feeding modern society. As is often lamented by the likes of Michael Pollan and Jonathan Safron Foer, there’s an extreme disconnect between the food we eat every day and how we imagine it got there. For most of us carnivores, that involves lots and lots of blood.
Blood that Jordan Eagles brings back to life for us to reconsider.
Here’s Wired explaining Eagle’s process: “New York artist Jordan Eagles preserves blood, dutifully salvaged from slaughterhouses, within UV resin and acrylic plexiglass. When spot-lit from behind, the creations take on a new form, blasting out intense glows and giant shadows, as well as revealing multiple layers of blood floating in the same transparent resin” And as you can see above, “It’s swirled and splattered in distinct, organic patterns, described as “reminiscent of fire, crystals, outer space, galactic shrapnel and skin.”
In the march to make food production ever more efficient, let’s not forget what goes in the factory doors — and after seeing Eagle’s work, how could we?
All images via the artist’s website — see Jordan Eagles for many more.