Singer: “You would not get people to show up for an exhibit of graphs and charts.”

Alisa Singer is a digital artist. She says many people find scientific data dry or intimidating, but she has found inspiration in the charts and graphs of climate science . . . like a chart of current and projected Arctic sea ice, or a graph of carbon emissions in the industrial age.

Artwork on sea ice decline
Singer artwork on projected arctic sea ice decline (source: Environmental Graphiti).

Singer: “I immediately became attracted to the aesthetic qualities of the graphs, and I thought, I can work with these.”

She uses vibrant colors to transform the scientific graphs into abstract art.

For example, one image has a pattern of human-like figures set against a bold yellow background. Just a few figures are dark purple, but the overwhelming majority are blue and pink. It’s called “Ninety-Seven-Percent Consensus,” and illustrates the percentage of climate scientists who are convinced that human-caused global warming is happening.

Graph projected sea ice decline
Graphic source on projected Arctic sea ice decline used by Singer.

Singer: “There is this ‘aha’ moment when the reveal happens and you realize it’s not abstract after all. It’s actually based on this critical piece of information, and I think you suddenly have an engagement with the art and the message in a way that either one alone wouldn’t happen.”

Engaging with climate science by transforming scientific graphs into abstract art. Click To Tweet

Singer hopes her art, which she calls Environmental Graphiti, helps people better engage with the science.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Singer’s graphic source: Projected Arctic Sea Ice Decline, Third National Climate Assessment, Climate Change Impacts in the United States, United States Global, Change Research Program, 2014, adapted from Stroeve et al. 2012.

More Resources
Environmental Graphiti website

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