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Waste (3rd Place)


John GeeFollow

Editor's Notes

Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current Murray State students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in images. IOR showcases and preserves students' research in digital form and fosters engagement and creative endeavors. The jurors extend their thanks to the students who entered work for this year's competition. The entries came from a wide range of disciplines including Agricultural Education, Agronomy, Biology, Design Engineering Technology, Fisheries/Aquatic Biology, Occupational Safety and Health, and Wildlife Conservation Biology. The jurors' decision-making process was challenging as the submitted work was engaging, visually stimulating, and excellent representations of Murray State student research.

Committee Members

Dana Statton Thompson, MLIS, Assistant Professor of University Libraries (Jury Chair)

Dr. Antje Gamble, Assistant Professor of Art & Design

Dr. Cintia Segovia Figueroa, Assistant Professor of Art & Design

Dr. Gary Stinchcomb, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Michael Flinn, Professor of Biological Science and Director of Hancock Biological Station

T. Michael Martin, MFA, Associate Professor of Art & Design and Director of University Galleries


Description: This photograph depicts an arrangement of plastic grocery bags pinned to a wall. With the ongoing climate crisis, it is more important than ever to take action no matter how small it seems. This can include cutting out plastic by using tote bags, reusable bottles, reusable straws, etc. By pinning the bags on to the wall, it emphasizes how useless plastic becomes after it is used. The outwardly facing company logos becomes confrontational towards those companies, calling them out, as much of the climate crisis stems from big corporations. The choice to only use bags that feature red logos is intentional as red is usually seen as a color of danger symbolizing the danger of climate change and how we utilize plastic in our society.