Minke whale

This is the amazing minke whale– hand sewn with members of community throughout the summer of 2021.

It’s one of 46 life-sized portraits of animals harmed by marine debris found in my series Entangled and Ingested. Most of the forty-six are hand sewn by me from the film plastic that pervades our lives and is difficult or impossible to recycle.

The three whales on the list are being sewn in collaboration with the community.

This is actually on the small size for the minke whale– the canvas is 18 feet long by 7 feet tall. A physically mature minke whale in the north Pacific would average about 25-26 feet and in the north Atlantic, about 26-27 feet.