British artist James Ostrer grew up on McDonald’s. After his parents divorced, “the Golden Arches came to seem like a gateway to refuge, and eating greasy food became Ostrer’s coping mechanism whenever he felt distressed,” writes Fast Company.
After a lifetime of being addicted to sugar and junk food, Ostrer has created some truly nightmare-worthy portraits out of that junk food. For his new photo series, “Wotsit All About,” Ostrer covered himself and his friends with more than $8,000 worth of junk food—complete with hamburger shoulder pads, ketchup tears, and cupcake eyes. The series offers a very trippy take on Ostrer’s past, while at the same time commenting on the very real obesity epidemic and sugar addiction in England. “I’ve had dreams where these caricatures are telling me how I should live. To me they look like…this sounds a bit harsh, but if someone had poured acid over Tony the Tiger,” Ostrer says. “It’s like they’re melting.”
The works are currently on display at London’s Gazelli Art Gallery.