ART 724 Art for Climate Change - Karolina Skorek
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ART 724 Art for Climate Change

During the lecture about the climate change, I started to wonder what I could do to in response to the issue. 
I firstly thought of a powerful art campaign, a collaboration of  with NGOs or foundations that help with the issue. 

By creating surrealistic and dreamlike creations, I have the potential to influence public perception of climate change. By incorporating environmental issues into my work, I could raise awareness and inspire action.
This blog is a mindmap that explores possible artistic themes, images, and initiatives that I could undertake to achieve this.

  • Visualizing the Effects of Climate Change
    I could create a series of artworks depicting the consequences of climate change, including extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity, and melting ice caps. By portraying these phenomena through her surrealistic lens, I can evoke an emotional response and encourage viewers to reflect on the issue.
  • Juxtaposing Nature and Industrialisation 
    I could explore the contrast between the beauty of nature and the destructive force of industrialisation. This could be done in  diptychs or triptychs, where one panel illustrates pristine landscapes, while the adjacent panels depict scenes of pollution, deforestation, and urban sprawl. This juxtaposition would underscore the urgency of addressing climate change and the need for sustainable practices. Or in one piece where one landscape melts into the other one. 
Imagined with Midjourney AI
  • Highlighting Climate Refugees
    I could create portraits or narratives of climate refugees – people displaced due to the effects of climate change. These works could bring attention to the human cost of global warming and serve as a call to action for more equitable and compassionate solutions.
  • Emphasising the Role of Women in Climate Action
    Create a series of works celebrating the role of women in climate activism, showcasing prominent female environmentalists and their achievements. These images could inspire and empower women to participate in the fight against climate change.
  • Collaborative and Interactive Art Installations
    To engage the public, I could create interactive installations that allow participants to contribute to the artwork. For example, she could design a large mural with spaces for people to add their own illustrations or messages related to climate change. These installations could foster a sense of community and shared responsibility for the environment.
  • Art Workshops and Education
    Skorek could facilitate art workshops centered around climate change, teaching participants how to express their concerns and hopes for the future through artistic means. These workshops could help spread awareness and encourage creative problem-solving.

Creating Props and Jewelry from Recycled Materials
I could also incorporate sustainability into my projects through the use of recycled materials. By designing and crafting props and jewelry from upcycled items, Skorek can demonstrate the potential of repurposing waste and promote a circular economy. The whole process would be recorded for social media to create awareness in the photographers community. I could also use those to create challenges for other creatives around creating props from recycled materials. 

a. Eco-conscious Props: I could create props for my pieces using discarded materials, such as plastics, metals, and textiles. ( I already do use a lot of those in my art, but I rarely talk about it)  These innovative creations could serve as a testament to the power of repurposing and the importance of reducing waste.
By incorporating these props in I would provide tangible examples of the environmental benefits of recycling and inspire others to adopt similar practices.

c. Artistic Upcycling Workshops:
I could offer workshops on creating artistic props and jewelry from recycled materials. Participants would learn about the importance of sustainability and develop skills to turn discarded items into unique works of art. These workshops would not only promote environmental awareness but also foster a sense of community and shared responsibility for reducing waste.

d. Collaborations with Eco-friendly Brands: Skorek could partner with environmentally conscious brands and organisations to create limited-edition collections featuring her sustainable props and jewelry. These collaborations would raise awareness about the potential of recycled materials and provide support for the eco-friendly initiatives of partner organisations.

Visualisations of the initial ideas: Sketches and midjourney AI images based on those sketches and descriptions of the idea

By incorporating recycled materials into my artistic practice, I could make a powerful statement about the importance of sustainability and inspire others to adopt eco-conscious habits. Through the creation of props and jewelry from upcycled items, I would demonstrate that art can serve as both an aesthetic and a practical means to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote positive change.

Visualisations of the initial ideas: Sketches and midjourney AI images based on those sketches and descriptions of the idea

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