In March I will be installing work in four storefront windows for Brookline, Massachusetts' Brookline Climate Week occurring in April with weeklong venue of lectures and readings. This is part of the very active and progressive organization, Climate Action Brookline.
I am excited to be collaborating on one of the storefronts with Beckie Kravetz, an incredible mask maker and figurative sculptor. We met several years ago while working on set design for Double Edge Theatre. Beckie's husband Alan Weisman (author of The World Without Us, and Countdown) along with my husband Andrew Milliken (who works for U.S. Fish and Wildlife in climate change science) have both been an active part of our design discussions. A beautiful and tragic book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) , has become a launching point for our multi-media collaboration titled Carrying Capacity.
I believe in the ability of art to, at the very least, open our eyes and hearts. This is the direction the studio is turning towards. There are new projects in the works now that will be asking more about what the art can be doing for the world.
The encounter with art -- and with others over art -- can help us identify with one another, expand our notions of we, and show us that individual engagement in the world has actual consequences. That's why I hope that in the future, art will be invited to take part in discussions of social, political, and ecological issues even more than it is currently and that artists will be included when leaders at all levels, from the local to the global, consider solutions to the challenges that face us in the world today.
Excerpt from Olafur Oliasson's, Why Art Has the Power to Change the World