Silvia Lopez Chavez of Chelsea, Massachusetts, paints “Undercurrent” at the Peabody Essex Museum, March 12, 2022. It will be part of the exhibition “Climate Action: Inspiring Change,” which is due to open at the Salem museum on April 16, 2022.
“As an artist, I go to the personal, the individual, that’s my approach. It makes me feel a little more hopeful and less overwhelmed. I want people to say, ‘It does start with me,'” Lopez Chavez told Susan Flynn of the museum. “…The visual story is presenting a message of caring and doing something about it, this idea of protecting rather than simply caring without action, by the inclusion of this healing hand. … I think everything we do has this ripple effect, and that’s true from the very minute action you can take in daily life, all the way to making policies and systems change to protect the environment. It’s all about action. It doesn’t matter whether you are a kid, or the president of a country, every single person has this capacity.”
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