Ovum Si’ahl | Seattle 2015
“We can see a thousand miracles around us everyday.
What is more supernatural than an egg yolk turning into a chicken” ~ S. Parkes Cadman
After just 21 days of gestation, in the first year of a chicken’s life, she evolves from a fluffy newborn chick to a hen establishing her place in the pecking order and laying eggs. In Seattle, many chickens enjoy luxurious coop living. Within the United States, however, most chickens are raised in the equivalent of metal prisons or overcrowded massive sheds. In the U.S. alone, people annually consume over thirty six billion pounds of chicken and over six and a half billion eggs, without much consideration of the intricate creation or living environment of the egg or chicken. Ovum Si’ahl is a physical meditation on the chicken’s first year of life, living conditions, and the potential impact of these fates and circumstances on the human psyche.
| photography by Mark B. Griffith
| makeup by Kathleen Hogan