Weathering

Weathering is a body of work that explores the maps and symbolic systems of meteorology, as well as my thoughts about the changing climate.

The Beaufort Scale was devised by Sir Francis Beaufort in 1805 to describe the wind speed by how the sea looks. Beaufort 3, pleasant breeze. Beaufort 11, consider becoming a troglodyte. I have embroidered the waves, added the km per hour and collected Newfoundlander's idioms and sayings to do with wind. My thanks to those who gave advice on this. I'd go back for a visit in a heartbeat.

I had the pleasure of studying some very very basic aspects of weather with a REAL meteorologist. It's an inordinately complicated discipline.  This has led to some interesting imagery. The butterfly forms, a "Waterman Butterfly" projection, feature imagery adapted (with permission) from the gorgeous data visualizations on http://earth.nullschool.net/ and http://uxblog.idvsolutions.com/2012/08/hurricanes-since-1851.html   as well as maps from NASA animations. The "Schmetterlinge" (the word for butterflies in German) show wind patterns, isobars, temperature, fronts, atmospheric pressure....everything swirling above our heads. The world is essentially pinned to the wall. Please click on the image below and it will open a pdf of the "field guide" I made to accompany the work.

The "Funnel" below, reflects a process rather than a visual (except I have turned it into one). Meteorologists look at the atmosphere in layers. Starting in the jet stream and peering downward until they get to sea level, to assess how all the elements affect one another.  The small squares containing weather symbols, I have arranged as "sentences" partly because they remind me of punctuation and also because it is a specific, unique language with dramatic stories to tell.

The sculptural piece with the flags references "spaghetti plots" from ensemble forecasts. Lines of data align neatly for the first day or so, but by the time data is projected a week ahead it becomes, well, spaghetti. It presents a fitting metaphor evoking anxiety about the future. With the assistance of a BC Arts Council Grant, I have also made a short (3 minute) animated piece to accompany the exhibition, click here: https://vimeo.com/137759215