For optimal experience, please enable JavaScript.

Jellyfish 051, 2020




This series was inspired to pay homage to a whale that was washed ashore in Thailand with 80 bags in its stomach, and who as a result, met its demise. Many marine animals such as whales and seals misunderstand plastic bags as jellyfish, which they eat. Meanwhile, global plastic production is ever increasing, with no signs of ceasing. This series also reminds us that these ubiquitous single use items end up where they do not belong, alongside so much of our garbage. Plastic micro beads are being discovered in the rainfalls in the Pyrenees, and in a recent exploration to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean that humankind has ever explored, a plastic bag was found. We ingest alarming amounts of plastic from the containers that our food, beverages and skin products are packaged in, and it is transforming our bodies and our world. Plastic is made from material that was not meant to be violently extracted from our land, and it can easily suffocate us. This series highlights the seductive danger of our obsession with single use plastic, and the detrimental effects it has on so many of our fellow species on this planet. This series is a humble response to an ongoing emergency from the animal kingdom: plastics are overtaking our ecological systems, especially oceans. “More than 100,000 marine mammals and a million seabirds died because of ingesting or entanglements with plastic each year.” - Ocean Crusaders One of eighty bags created to pay homage to the whale, this image was designed for an embroidery machine and each piece is made with found or donated plastic bag, to save it from ending up in our oceans or land. Framing is recommended as the jellyfish are unframed. A percentage of this sale will be donated to Oceana to support the protection and restoration of marine habitats.

Artfare code
Available for pickup

mixed media | embroidery | ecoart


15.00 x 11.00 x 1.00 in | 38.10 x 27.94 x 2.54 cm

Artwork location
Katherine Earle's studio
180 East 118th Street 3rd FL , New York, NY 10035

Gallery Location
Artist Studio

Map loading...
Katherine Earle's studio
180 East 118th Street 3rd FL, New York, NY 10035

Close modal

Artfare iOS Appbeta

The Artfare app is currently in beta. Enter your email address below to receive a message with instructions on how to download the app.

Not an iPhone user? We’ll notify you when an Android version is available.

Thank You

You’ll receive an email from us shortly.

Close modal

Be the first to know.

Enter your email below and we’ll notify you when the Artfare Android app is available.

Download the Artfare iOS app

Thank You

You’ll be the first to know when our Android app arrives.