Over the last few years, a focus of my work has been deciphering information about climate change and giving form to it through art making. This was an offshoot of the body of work I call Flux and coincided with the desire to collaborate on this theme with woodcut artist Karen R. Schroeder. We embarked on a plan to create a 7’ X 6’ woodcut entitled Climate Change: We Are Part of It.
Our collaboration on this work was based on our mutual fascination and practice of woodcut printmaking and the intent to communicate through art our reaction to the climate crisis that we are all a part of.
As artists we both have a passion for nature. We observe it, celebrate it, we care deeply about its conservation and preservation, whether it be a rock, meadow, blue heron in its habitat, or a tree.
For our collaborative piece, Climate Change: We Are Part of It, we merged our vision of trees, which we both often use as inspiration, with text we gathered from our readings about climate change. We were struck by the contrast between the overwhelming beauty and resiliency of nature and the devastating effects of human contributions to global temperature rise in just our lifetimes.
We imagine two trees in conversation about climate change and the denial of it. Text imbedded in the leaves, trunk, and roots of the tree is from many sources. Two strong influences were The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben and Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken.
We believe in the power of science and art to change, inspire and remind us, as Ansel Adams said, “Once destroyed nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.”