'If we go on producing waste, will Mother Earth yield plastics instead of fertile soil in the end?’ This is the question that haunts Maria Koijck from Groningen in the Netherlands […] As an artist, she has been working with waste for about ten years: "I've had the opportunity to do big projects all over the world. Building big beasts out of plastic and stuff like that." Now she dedicates herself in increasing people’s awareness about street litter and its consequences for the earth and its inhabitants.
When Maria approached EFORT, she wanted to present her latest artwork, a video she has made from her surgery to show how much waste an operation produces. In that, she addressed a strange question to her surgeon: "Can I have all my surgical waste?" When she awoke from the anesthesia, six full garbage bags were standing next to her bed.
"My goal is to get the discussion going with this video and the photo. Is there any other way?", Maria says. "A lot of people have no idea how much waste is involved. The stuff has to be made differently, delivered differently. Why are scissors flown in from Japan and thrown in the trash after one cut?"
We want to help Maria in firming people’s awareness towards waste and greener surgery: Today EFORT is proud to present Maria’s new artwork.