The 60 foot sperm whale portrait, installed at the University of Hartford’s Harrison Libraries.

Dr. Kat Owens is a plastic pollution researcher, artist, and activist. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a Fulbright Nehru fellow, and a Professor at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Her work is interdisciplinary, often merging science, policy and the arts.

For the Entangled and Ingested project she creates life-sized portraits of animals harmed by plastic pollution by hand sewing film plastic onto canvas. The largest pieces are co-created with the public


Her work has been supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Stevens Initiative, The Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Middletown CT Downtown Business District, the National Geographic Society, and the Fulbright Foundation.

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