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“Inundated” exhibit sparks dialogue about our disappearing coastlines

When it comes to communicating the planet altering impacts of climate change, artist Mira Cantor stays true to the old adage, “a picture’s worth a thousand words.”

Cantor, professor of Art + Design at Northeastern University, says that looking at a painting or other piece of art may motivate people to act on issues like climate change.

“Art is the harbinger for change,” she said. “It’s a very different way of absorbing information.”

Scientists and journalists alike have historically been frustrated by the challenges involved in conveying the immense scale and diversity of impacts that humans are having on our planet. Threats such as sea level rise are often viewed as too abstract or far off in the future to be personally relevant.

Her most recent exhibit “Inundated,” is currently on display through October 30 at Boston’s Kingston Gallery. In her paintings, Cantor uses water imagery as a metaphor for climatic change.

Read the entire story on New England Climate Change Review.

View images of the Opening Reception.

Also, read the Flux – October Wrap-Up.

Image: “Outside” by Mira Cantor on display at Boston’s Kingston Gallery through October 30.