Our inaugural Climate Art Fellow was Audrey Carver, a long-time Affiliated Artist of the Climate Science Alliance. Audrey spent the summer of 2018 with the Alliance team and partners and toured our unique ecosystems to gain insight and inspiration for her assigned project — to translate the findings of the recently published report, "San Diego County Ecosystems: The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiversity Hotspot".
You can see these pieces in person in our traveling “Art of Change” shows. The inaugural 2018 Climate Art Fellowship was sponsored by the Alliance's partner, the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Faces of Change
Art inspired by
"San Diego County Ecosystems: The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiversity Hotspot"
San Diego County is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots — boasting more taxa of plants and mammals than any other in the United States — which is simultaneously experiencing climate change impacts and population growth. The Climate Science Alliance teamed up with local ecologists and climatologists to assess these impacts in a technical report, "San Diego County Ecosystems: The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiversity Hotspot", that informs California’s 4th Climate Change Assessment. Audrey Carver, the Alliance’s Summer Art Fellow created this full series, “Faces of Change,” to help people better understand the report and better connect with the science on a personal level. Each watercolor painting illustrates climate impacts on key species from each chapter and adds a portrait of a member of the community who will be directly affected.
"San Diego County is one of the world’s critical biodiversity hotspots— home to several hundred species, many of which exist only here, and many that are threatened. Now, with climate changing and human development expanding, the threat to this fragile and complicated ecosystem is urgent. In a new report, the Climate Science Alliance has outlined five major climate impacts that will alter ecosystems and impact people in San Diego County with the goal that a better understanding of climate science we can better protect our natural and human communities.
In this series, I have illustrated key species and factors from each of the impacts in the report, paired with a member of the community who is directly affected by the issue. I wanted to pay tribute to the long history of collaboration between science and art. My goal was to help people better understand the report and connect to it emotionally. Climate change is not only happening around us, it is happening to us. Now is the time to take responsibility, mitigate its effects, and create a sustainable future, before it is too late."
— Audrey Carver, August 2018
This image was made with burnt tree charcoal from the Cranston Fire in Idyllwild, California.
In August 2018 the Cranston Fire engulfed the edges of Audrey’s small town of Idyllwild, CA. As Audrey and her family evacuated along with thousands of others the impacts of climate change became real and personal. Several pieces were inspired by this fire event.
Fire and Flood
When Audrey Carver set out to connect the community emotionally with the regional impacts of climate change and population growth, she began first with herself. “Fire and Flood” depict two members of Audrey’s immediate family — her father and her sister — representing her personal connection to a changing climate and the polarizing extremes in which we will experience it.
"My father, pictured in 'Fire', represents my home in Idyllwild, CA. We have lived through several evacuations, each one scarier and destroying more of our beloved forest than the last. My dad, a landscaper and property manager, feels the threat of fire pretty hard- his business depends on the land around us. With drier conditions and an increase of human-caused wildfires, it is a future that we can unfortunately expect to continue fighting."
- Audrey Carver, 2018
“My sister, pictured in 'Flood', is one of the most important people in the world to me. We grew up playing in the ocean, surfing every weekend, and enjoying the San Diego coastline. This ecosystem that we love is at risk due to the global threats of pollution, acidification, and rising seas.”
- Audrey Carver, 2018
Attendees of the Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Planning training participated in a collaborative art activity with Audrey to create this woven tapestry. This was a reflective piece that invited attendees to write and draw about themes and ideas that had come up throughout the training on strips of canvas. Attendees worked with Audrey Carver to weave the strips together on a wooden frame.