Entangled and Ingested

Entangled and Ingested is a series of portraits of 46 species harmed by marine debris, created from hand sewing film plastic that is difficult or impossible to recycle by the artist and researcher Katharine Owens.

All small portraits are created by Kat, the larger pieces– the Minke whale (20 feet long), the Sperm whale (60 feet long), the Bowhead whale (55 feet long), the Great White Shark (20 feet long) are being created collaboratively with the public.

Did you know that manufacturers can print the ‘chasing arrows’ symbol of their products knowing that most of them cannot and will never be recycled?

In many ways the ‘chasing arrows’ symbols are a marketing ploy that diverts responsibility to the consumer and away from the producer.

What we know is the 95% of plastic packaging is not recycled and that 90.5% of all plastic ever made has never been recycled.

The Entangled and Ingested project traces the ways film plastics inundate our lives, linking these creatures to our consumption and us to their survival.

The sperm whale (above) –co-created with the public in the winter of 2021-2022– is 20 x 60 feet

The minke whale (below) -co-created with the public in the summer of 2021– is 7 x 18 feet

Press about the project:

Middletown Press

Middletown Patch

On Fox News

Hartford Courant

Meriden Record Journal

This tiger shark is 13 feet 9 inches by 4 feet 11 inches.
Fairy Penguin 17 x 17 inches

Winter Flounder, 22.5 x 21.5 inches
Greater Shearwater, 21.5 x 37.5 inches

Atlantic Cod, 22 inches x 40.5 inches
Green Sea Turtle, 62 x 60 inches

Leach’s Storm Petrel, 15 x 13 inches
Laughing Gull, 22 x 26.5 inches
Atlantic Puffin, 13 x 15 inches

Dusky Shark, 15 feet 3 inches, 5 feet 2 inches
White-faced Storm Petrel, 22.5 x 19 inches
Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, 33.5 x 38 inches

Stellar Sea Lion, 67.5 x 70 inches

Sooty Tern, 29 x 26.5 inches

Blacktip Shark, 6 feet 1 inch, 2 feet 5 inches
Atlantic Herring, 19 inches x 29 inches
Short-tailed Shearwater, 28 x 34 inches
Tufted Puffin, 20 x 31 inches
Common Tern, 28.5 x 35 inches
Northen Fulmar, 20 x 17 inches
Guillemot, 26.5 x 28.5 inches
Black-legged Kittiwake, 17.5 x 20 inches
Loggerhead turtle, 45 x 47 inches
Minke Whale, 18 feet wide
Sooty shearwater, 23 x 20 inches
Harbor Porpoise, 56 x 69 inches
Laysan Albatross, 71 x 74 inches