The average global carbon dioxide level exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time in 2016, a new threshold and the new normal for our lifetimes. 2016 was also the third consecutive “hottest year ever,” surpassing records set in 2015 and 2014.

PPM is a collaged drawing consisting of fragmentary imagery inspired by climate articles and research. It is also a partial inventory of my thoughts, conversations, and concerns about climate change during the past year. These associations are collaged into the exploded diagram of a wood stove, a multivalent symbol of not only carbon but also comfort, necessity, and intimacy.

Drawing collage and mixed media on paper
22 1/2 x 30 in.