AI42 Illustrators on Climate Change

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday September 20, 2023


Climate Week NYC  (Sept. 17-24), now in its 15th year, Is one of the largest annual events focused on the issue of global warming. Drawing together leaders from government, business, academia and the nonprofit sector for a bombardment of speeches and panels, it overlaps with the U.N. General Assembly, when thousands of diplomats and heads of state arrive in New York for talks that set the stage for big climate negotiations. For the complete calendar of events, with several live talks tonight, and an art show opening Friday at the South Street Seaport, go here.

To mark the occasion, today’s DART features eleven illustrators selected for AI42 who have taken up the subject. The book will be available in November at the annual party, at Angel Orensanz Center. 

Adam McCauley, Mammoth Caves, November 2022, for Google Quantum A.I. “This mixed media painting on wood panels was made  to be reproduced on canvas and wrapped around a Google Quantum computer. Each vertical edge matches the other side so it can continuously loop. The commission utilized UNESCO sites.”


Jon Han, Arboretum (above left). January 2023, for Amoldia: “The art was for a story on the changing climate's existential threat to trees and the need to plant more trees in urban environments and how arboretums have the knowledge and the capacity to contribute to solutions.”

David Moyers, Strolling Through Dystopia (above right). August 2022. Personal project used for self promotion.


Tim O’Brien, Silver Lining Cloud (above left), September 2022. Personal project about finding the good in a bad situation. 

Zoe Matthiessen, Black-footed Albatross, Birds of Passage (above right) for Alta Joiurnal, January 2022. “Introducing an endangered species to a group of California islands challenges assumptions about native habitats under global warming.”


Miguel Porlan, Suck it Up (above left), June 2022, for Sierra magazine.” Illustrations on carbon capture and storage. Everyone’s in favor of capturing carbon—none more than the fossil fuel industry, which sees it as a lifeline. Handmade models and photographs here, made in collaboration with Marc Bordons.”

Julia Rothman, For Gen X, Retirement Bites (above right, detail), April 2022, for The New York Times. “Scratch is a bi-weekly column about small business and money for the Sunday Business section in the New York Times.



Alëna Skarina, The Biggest Potential Water Disaster in the United States (above left). May 2022, for The New Yorker. “In California, millions of residents and thousands of farmers depend on the Bay-Delta for fresh water—but they can’t agree on how to protect it.”

Mark Smith, We The Repo (above right), December 2022, for Alta Journal. Article looking at California's volunteer car Repo groups,


Jacqueline Tam, Cloud Creatures (above left). November 2022. “This illustration was created for a short story that explores the creative forces of Wind, Water and Sky, which work together to coax the reflection of clouds in a shallow river bed into animal forms.”

Chiara Vercesi, Illustrating Nature (above right). March 2023, for a Domestika course. “Based on my experience working for nature conservation associations and NGOs, I prepared an illustration course for Domestika, guiding the students in creating a series of posters, each representing an endangered animal per continent.”

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