Soil Narratives: Toward a Symbiotic Art-Science Activisim

Alison Dell and Mary Mattingly

February 26, 2020

Soil Narratives, part of a group exhibition, Environmental Empathies, in which artists investigated the connection between empathy and action around climate change to engage and overcome feelings of apathy, complacency and hopelessness in the face of an inevitable and overwhelming crisis.

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