ART HAS A UNIQUE ROLE IN COMMUNICATING ENVIRONMENTAL TOPICS.
In science there are often multiple hypothesis and many unknowns on any given issue. It’s easy to understand this constant growth and flux within research as a scientist, but this can be hard to communicate clearly to those outside of a field without leading to mistrust.
As both an artist and a scientist, I have a multidisciplinary view, and I’m empowered to develop creative approaches to share science with a broader audience. I create artwork that incorporates research data: from simple trends to vast changes. By pairing graphical information with visual imagery, I can share research stories in a different way.
I think that art is a powerful platform to help make climate change a part of everyday discussion and to engrain it in our culture. I’m just beginning to explore effective methods of climate change communication through my artwork. One is to depict relatable issues: changes that people witness locally. Getting people to think about changes they are experiencing or might experience and engaging them on those topics. Another method is storytelling: creating a narrative through art can allow people to relate to an environmental topic that is not a part of their daily lives, and thus make it more familiar to them. I have been exploring these ideas through my portfolio of data-themed artwork, through outreach and education, and through discussion.
Jill Pelto is an artist and scientist from the USA with B.A. degrees in Studio Art and Earth Science, as well as a Masters of Science focused on studying the sensitivity of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to changes in our Earth climate system. See more of her work at www.jillpelto.com
*All artwork and descriptions originally featured on Jill’s website, reposted with her permission.