Hara Woltz, UVA MLA alumna, who also has a Masters in Conservation Biology, was recently invited to participate in Storm King Art Center's 2018 exhibition, Indicators: Artists on Climate Change.
This May, Storm King Art Center will present Indicators: Artists on Climate Change. Works included in the exhibition explore the impacts of the changing climate in ways that incorporate scientific, cultural, and aesthetic perspectives. Artists will reveal how the acts of making and viewing art differ in both approach and effect from research, advocacy, or reportage on this multifaceted subject. Both indoor and outdoor installations, including pieces newly created for the exhibition at Storm King, will illuminate the threats of a changing climate to our biological world and to humanity. Indicators provides artists with a platform from which to reflect on the topic of climate change by creating works that can command attention for difficult subjects and catalyze creativity, ideas, and solutions.
The show opens on May 19th and runs through November 11th.
Artist Hara Woltz will present a work that creates a varied sensory experience incorporating aspects of climate change, predictability, and the collection of data. Weather stations capture and record climate data and contribute to understanding of how environments change over time. A weather station may consist of a single piece of equipment that serves multiple functions, or multiple instruments arrayed across a landscape. Woltz will position ten interactive elements, fabricated from painted aluminum and wood, as part of a weather station where visitors will be encouraged to sit and experience the differences in temperature between various material and color sections. The elements of the piece will be informed by predictions of Arctic sea ice melt by decade and related sea level rise, as well as the process of collecting climate data. A temperature differential between the materials and surfaces of this piece will allow visitors to feel and consider the reflectivity of ice and the heat absorptive properties of sea water.