Naomi Natale: Embrace A Shared Humanity—Embrace Helping Others
Natale believes that using these collaborative art installations is a unique and impactful way of connecting different people to these issues. "Combining art and education," she says, "allows people to learn more without turning away paralyzed from information they feel both disconnected from and overwhelmed by." While the bones are indeed meant to represent the grave impact these crises have on human beings, they are also a symbol of a deeper connection between people—that underneath, we are all similar and we possess a shared humanity.
She does admit, however, that working at the intersection of art and activism does carry its challenges. While both fields aim to elicit a deep, visceral connection and reaction in the participant, neither field fully embraces the other. We need both artist, and activist, she says, in order to inspire and stir something in the hearts of the people across the world. "We need to dream that another reality is possible," she says, "which is what we call hope." While she doesn't think that art is necessarily the main or only solution to complex social problems, combining art with education spurs activism—and can inspire people to change the world.