Climate Art Fellowship

A Project-Based Fellowship

Photo by Nigella Hillgarth

Meet the 2020 Fellow

The Climate Science Alliance, in partnership with the Connecting Wildlands & Communities (CWC) Team at San Diego State University, is excited to announce Kim Reasor as our 2020 Climate Art Fellow.​

Kim Reasor was born in London and raised in Texas and Colorado. She always enjoyed making art and studied life drawing and oil painting with master teachers in Denver and New Mexico before earning her BFA at Metropolitan State University. In the 1990s, she began to make oil paintings that explored the man made landscape. In 2003 she moved to San Diego and added Southern Californian sprawl and stucco to her repertoire, showing in a variety of gallery and museum shows.

In 2016, Reasor spent several months in Finland and did an art-science residency in the Arctic. This experience gave her a new perspective of deeply appreciating nature and urgently fearing for it when the second half of her project had to be radically trimmed down after the snow melted several weeks earlier than normal. From this residency, she created a group of paintings that worked as both data visualizations and aesthetic art objects. In 2019, Reasor worked on a National Science Foundation funded outreach project in Utqiagvik, Alaska that dealt with sea ice loss. Back home in San Diego, she is intrigued by the tightly interwoven quality of nature and development in the region, and is looking forward to exploring these themes in her work for the Climate Art Fellowship. Of her art she says, “My work illuminates the overlooked and invisible through exploration of discarded landscapes and hidden worlds of science and nature.”

Fellowship Theme

Connected landscapes play an important role in climate resilient natural lands. In 2018, an interdisciplinary team, led by the Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management at San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance, set out to explore how connected landscapes can support adaptation and resilience to climate change for both natural ecosystems and local human communities in southern California. Using an integrative approach, the team of planners, environmental engineers, ecologists, and geographers are looking to better understand how we can optimize decision making around protecting human communities, mitigating wildfire risk, supporting water sustainability, and protecting biodiversity in the wildland-urban interface. The 2020 Climate Art Fellow will work with the Connecting Wildlands and Communities team to translate the themes and results of this work into an artistic piece or installation.

About Kim's Work

"My work illuminates the overlooked and invisible through exploration of discarded landscapes and hidden worlds of science and nature."

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