Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Cloudbursting, 2010, rain water, ink, charcoal, Gouache, 28” x 39 ¼”

There was so much rain in Ireland and so little in New Jersey that I became interested in the global water crisis. There is also a paradox to the rain. Water is life sustaining, fundamental
for all existence and the most abundant element on the planet. Without it, we would perish. However, water, as rain, can lead to destruction. We have raised the Earth’s average temperature by 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit. This rise in temperature causes floods, droughts, hurricanes, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, and bursting levees. Shifting rain patterns will flood some areas and dry up others as nature teaches us a basic lesson from science class: hot air holds more water molecules than cold ones. In this new age of super storms and drastic cli-
mate changes, we face the plight of being rained out or dried out. Collaborations and conversations with artists, scientists, consumers, educators, politicians and the media need to begin now. 


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