Our current exhibition The Tip of the Iceberg visualises issues related to global climate change, featuring work by artists from across BC. We’ve invited three artists: David Ellingsen, Jordan Schwab and Desirée Patterson to share resources that they find inspiring as they create artwork addressing climate change and its impacts. We invite you to click through to learn more!
Portrait by Stasia Garraway
1. The Guardian / Environment
A constant flow of the latest environmental news from around the globe filtered through The Guardian’s unmatched independent journalism and commitment to telling the truth about the crisis. My top source for new project ideas, research leads and staying current.
2. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Keeping up with the deluge of new climate records being set, the NOAA is the “confirmation of data” source for my Weather Patterns project, now in its tenth year. The sheer volume of new high temperature recordings in the unending, upward trajectory of the planet’s climate makes for a rather bracing read. A wealth of information.
3. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Kimmerer deftly examines the tools of science and the gifts of the natural world through the wisdom of indigenous culture. This book not only offers a urgently needed path towards the healing of human relationship with nature, but also between settler and indigenous cultures. Everyone needs to read this one.
4. Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte
A wealth of inspiration from the foremost authority on the communication of information through visual design. Time is quickly running out to mitigate the worst impacts of the climate crisis making it a critical time for artists to not only question the intellectual aspects of this existential crisis, but the emotional and spiritual. We need to help get everyone on board.
A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
From the CBC Massey Lecture Series, this book concisely reveals how our “modern predicament is as old as civilization”. Across the span of the last 10,000 years of human history Wright illuminates our repeating cycles of extraction, destruction and domination, now on a scale at odds with the continuation of life itself.