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.
Press about the project:
Fairy Penguin, 17 inches wide