Monsanto Intervention—Toxic Truth Seeps Out of Old Ads

Monsanto Intervention 4

ABOUT KIRSTEN STOLLE

Auto Draft 4

Kirsten Stolle is a visual artist working in collage, drawing and mixed media.  Her research-based practice is grounded in the investigation of corporate propaganda, food politics and biotechnology.

She lives in western North Carolina. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, (San Jose, CA), Crocker Art Museum, (Sacramento, CA), and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, (Minneapolis, MN). Solo exhibitions include NOME Projects (Berlin), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (NC), Second Street Gallery (VA), Turchin Center for the Visual Arts/Appalachian State University (NC), Tracey Morgan Gallery (NC), Dolby Chadwick Gallery (CA), Roy G Biv Gallery (OH) and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (NYC). Stolle is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

From the 1940s-1960s Monsanto Chemical Company aggressively marketed their toxic chemicals through magazine advertisements. This propaganda overwhelmingly promoted their chemicals for use in war, agriculture, and home. Using collage, cutting and drawing,  I have redacted the original text, altering the intended messaging and reframing the visuals to expose the real threat posed by toxic chemicals. The final reconstructed ads critique our nation’s history of overusing harmful agricultural chemicals and the U.S. Government’s weak regulations on corporate agribusiness. 

Monsanto Intervention 2

Remember the Story, collage, 1943, Monsanto magazine advertisement, 13″ x 10″, 2013

 

 

remember              the story of

this South Pacific island.

 

 

 

            a cloud

                                                                things can happen              in the tropics

 

 

 

America                          came

to                     island

kept

on erecting

 

why                                                                             wait

 

launch  a mighty blow

 

fist                                                                   firm

pain

 

oil solution

chemicals

produced by Monsanto                                               chemical  used

for protection of army and navy

 

the

Ameriancs came                                     for

Japs    again                             the moral                                    must

be                                            learned

battle                will               add    permanence and

build

War         that you’re buying now.   MONSANTO CHEMICAL

COMPANY, St. Louis.

 

 

Monsanto Intervention 6

Shiner, glitter on 1942 Monsanto magazine advertisement, 13.75″ x 11″, 2013

 

day            can shape great event

 

cure                         a neurosis                             Not

when                                                                             A shell

cartridge    bears                                              fault

the shot             a       blast

 

 

Ferrisul                            is important.    product of

Monsanto Chemistry is                                    quick             and com-

plete                                      with    danger

can cause

the       solution

 

 

 

Ferrisul is a                                                      product for

war. It serves                        behind     battle lines

on which all future history     to hang, Ferrisul

shot to                                                 help

gain.  MONSANTO CHEMICAL COMPANY

 

 

Monsanto Intervention—Toxic Truth Seeps Out of Old Ads

Protecting Its Own Tail, 1963, collage, Monsanto magazine advertisement, 11″ x 8.25″, 2013

 

Protecting                                                                                                         its own                                          tail

-5-4-3-2-1-                                                                                                                              potent Polaris missile

by Monsanto

designed to

thrust. An           example of how Monsanto moves                                                             to

serve              Monsanto Chemical Company

 

 

Monsanto Intervention 9

52 New Chemicals, 1943, collage, Smith Barney & Co. magazine advertisement, 13″ x 10.25″, 2013

 

Plastic

exposure

introduced

 

 

                           “During the year we introduced 52 new chemicals”

 

 

Monsanto Chemical

Company                      uninterrupted

growth        1901 with $ 5,000                                                       “Creative Financing”

one product, saccharin, Monsanto

over 400 chemicals and

20,000 formulations for                                      Smith, Barney & Co.   handled

industries.                                                                                                       bonds,

Monsanto’s growth                                                   stocks                         for many

 

has risen

 

responsibility

to develop

immediate need

to      market

Continuing                                      business

 

expansion    consistent      and

effective

 

benefits mankind

scarcely

expansion          required substantial financ-

ing.

Smith, Barney & Co.                        to direct               under-

writings for Monsanto

for                                                  dollars.

 

 

Monsanto Intervention 4

Better Business, collage, punched holes, 1947 Monsanto magazine advertisement, 13″ x 10.25″, 2013

 

better

                                                                                      business

 

 

 

 

                                             better          put                       business

on Chemistry!                    A

billion-dollar

destructive                agent

 

hundreds of Monsanto Chemicals

are                                                  tremendous waste.

insecticides that                                  attack

and                                                    kill

ruin                vegetables, fruits and

destroy rats.

 

 

control                 destruct       with Monsanto

Chemicals

 

 

Monsanto Intervention 12

Rosie, collage, 1943 Monsanto magazine advertisement, 12.75″ x 10.25″, 2013

 

 

WHAT     ROSIE THE RIVETER

                                                                          TO DO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosie

the Riveter

certain                                                            retards

to

 

become                                          Rosie the Riveter becomes Rosie

Housewife                                                 the Housewife,      will Santocel be

efficient

 

            Rosie

stands

by                                Deepfreeze

to

the new            war                  here

maintain

 

kept

can

hard                                                                                                                    Rosie

 

 

fight

back

MONSANTO

Santocel, product of Monsanto           CHEMICAL COMPANY, St. Louis 4, Missouri

Chemistry        in         war      Santocel

serves the            cause

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>