The Comfort of Ignorance

A blanket that aims to create a sensory response to global climate temperature change.

More about this project can be found in Data Manifestation: Climate Change Data in the Home and on the Body (2023), written by Karin Von Ompteda, edited by Leslie Atzmon.

The bar graph that is woven into this blanket illustrates global surface temperature from 1965 to 2015. Whether you are affected by the data lies at the core of this project. The blanket is deceptively comfortable, serving as a metaphor for the comfort of ignorance regarding global climate change.

This blanket is made with 100% Icelandic wool, which is extremely uncomfortable to wear for a long period of time. In this way the project offers a metaphor and litmus test for who we are in this period of climate change. Are you aware of what is going on around you? If so, are you willing to remain engaged with the issue, despite the discomfort of this reality?