Ripple Effect, in PEM’s interactive Art & Nature Center, highlights water as a medium for artistic expression and hands-on exploration. Visitors encounter water in its different states—solid, liquid and gas—as they investigate artworks inspired by rivers, geysers, snowflakes, fog and more. Water’s allure to contemporary artists as a creative medium is compelling, especially in relation to the unique, life-giving properties of this substance we so often take for granted.
Support provided by the East India Marine Associates (EIMA) of the Peabody Essex Museum and the museum’s Art & Nature Committee.
I’ll be undertaking a collaborative art project, Water Footprinting, during which I’ll be working with visitors to build a wave sculpture representing the water footprint of one pair of blue jeans (over 2,000 gallons used per pair). This event is part of my ongoing work to reveal the hidden demands on water through art, programs and my forthcoming book, Taking on Water (fall 2012). Please join me!