Kat Owens, a professor of politics, economics, and international studies at the University of Hartford, has created a piece of artwork with a startling message.
After Covid forced her to return home to complete her work, Owens started to work on a project she called Ingested and Entangled. She plans to create 46 portraits made out of discarded plastic that portray the most endangered animals as of right now. Owens has also invited school classes and community members to help her create these pieces of art to spread the message.
Owens explained, “I’m doing this because I want people to understand that it’s not easy to recycle these plastics, and they’re everywhere, and they affect these animals.”
Her current supersized art project is composed of plastic bags and shipping mailers, coming together to form an endangered Sperm whale. It is a time-consuming effort, but one that is well worth it if it brings more attention to the threats that these delicate species face.
Owens said, “The message is that plastic surrounds us and that things need to change or it’s going to cause huge problems for the environment.”
There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter, and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads!
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