Art and Science: Friends, not Foes.
Meteorologist and oceanographer Julie Pullen, a great ally to our foundation and supporter of Anne De Carbuccia’s message, was in attendance at the opening of our latest exhibition, One Planet One Future Naples (open until the 30th of September).
Pullen’s work, though varied throughout her years and experiences as a scientist, now focuses mainly on the physical simulation of potential climactic changes, essentially quantifying the effects a changing climate will have on the world we inhabit - “I got to a point where I couldn’t just communicate through data,” she told OPOF while in Naples.
By analyzing meteorological and oceanic patterns, she translates her predictions as a scientist into simulations of potential catastrophes that are linked to climate change. Providing a visual dimension to her work has allowed Pullen to transcend the limitations of the largely data-based field of science and increasing the communicative values of her work exponentially.
“It’s a great time to be doing the kind of work I do,” she concludes.
The work De Carbuccia and Pullen produce, at the surface level, appear to be very different one from the other. However, the scientist illustrated the necessity of both mediums to achieve their most basic, common goal: communication. Today we are faced with such a fast-changing climate, that scientists and artists alike no longer limit their contributions to representation, be it by data or landscape image. Rather, we live in a time where these professionals, armed with their own studies and understanding, take on the challenge of communicating their knowledge to the greater public, fostering a true understanding of the meaning of climate change.
“It’s important for the public to understand what the effects of a foot rise in sea level or a rise of a degree are, rather than the year these effects will become dramatic,” the scientist said.
Pullen, like many other experts, has found herself faced with the unlikely conundrum of being blessed with knowledge and cursed with the impossibility of its clarity. She herself has understood that her own work can go so far, that there is a necessity for collaboration across all fields if we want to reverse the effect of a changing climate.
“Getting to know Anne has made me rethink my urgency around climate change. I had intellectualized all of it but she has compelled me to do more.” The scientist eloquently encapsulates the purpose of our organization and De Carbuccia’s art, outlining how the visual effects of her photography not only represent but also confront viewers with a beautiful landscape marred by the realities of our planet today.
As a concluding note, we asked Pullen for her take on the impending consequences of climate change, an insight that allows us a glance into the mindset of the science community: “I think we have a window of time until the 2040s when the effects will still be gradual and then they will just totally accelerate.” Without embellishments and with a stern frankness in her words, Julie Pullen reminded us of our fast-reducing window of opportunity and confirmed her important place in the growing ranks of the Planet’s allies.
For more information on Julie Pullen’s work visit: https://www.theworldisyourocean.net/