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Meet Tyler Ung: Can art provoke moral inquiry and environmental consciousness?

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Tyler Ung

Tyler Ung

We are excited to welcome our third UW Environmental Studies intern, Tyler Ung. Tyler is an artist and scholar who uses line drawings superimposed on photographs to provoke moral inquiry and collective action about issues of sustainability in our everyday lives, such as climate change, plastic pollution, and landscape alterations. His internship project is titled, “A Mind’s Meadow: Beauty beyond Suppression.” During a study abroad quarter in China and India, and back in the United States, Tyler is combining field research and art to explore how these three countries are intricately connected in their responsibility for global sustainability. Specifically, he is focusing on how waste generation is experienced and perceived differently in Beijing, Bangalore, and Seattle. In an online exhibit of more than 35 visual artworks, Tyler plans to explore how art can raise awareness of the complexities and inefficiencies in our systems, shape cultural, moral, and aesthetic values, and thereby promote environmental consciousness and advocacy. Stay tuned!