Mother Nature and Her Data

Mother Nature and Her Data

Student Artist: Karneshia Taylor
Course: Data Visualization with Lucy HG Solomon
Sustainability Focus: disruption of hydrodynamics
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Mother nature has always been represented as a goddess-like woman who represents purity, grace and beauty, but what happens when her own inhabitants are warping her, and in a sense killing her? What would she look like then?

To answer these questions, I developed a sculpture that also depicts the data on water usage at CSUSM that I have uncovered. Ultimately, I took an abstract approach with this data. My topic is the amount of water used on campus through irrigation – specifically, the watering of vegetation across campus.

My process included several stages of artistic creation, beginning with representational designs styled as murals and moving to abstraction, and eventually to an installation with a multi-colored hand-constructed hair sculpture.

During my process I asked, what would the water look like as it comes out in mid-air? I wanted to use the imagery of rushing water splashing as it comes out of hoses or sprinklers.

I used different shades of blue to represent how much water is used each month. The darker the blue the more water was used during that month. The lighter the blue the less water was used that month. I also used greens, reds, and blacks to categorize how much water was used in the campus’ irrigation system.

My data reflects the amount of water that CSUSM uses monthly watering different plants on campus. In my first attempts I had wanted to make an abstract design that shows my data with variations of color. The representation of Mother Nature’s water depicted as her hair also conveys the data of how much water is used during each month at CSUSM, although in an abstract way.

I used differently colored strands of yarn to represent my data. I still wanted to represent Mother Nature, but her hair also represents all of the data that I have collected. Each strand of hair represents the amount of water used during the month in one calendar year, with the entire head of hair making up one year of water usage.