In a world where we’re bombarded with a 24/7 news cycle of scary statistics, being in a state of constant anxiety can be the norm. To combat this new reality, Absolut Art invited artist, writer and TV producer Mona Chalabi to create a series of drawings that would employ data to actually bring the viewer some reprieve from the troubling news that constantly bombards us. In response, she created a set of drawings that look to unchanging facts from the natural world, like the behavior of birds, the movement of ocean waves, and the rotation of the Earth. “It’s precisely because everything is changing so much day-to-day, she tells Absolut Art in an interview for our Journal, “that I wanted to look for the constants.”
If you’ve read some of today’s leading newspapers or watched some of the world’s most prominent TV networks, you may have seen Chalabi’s work, which aims to present data in a way that, as she says, is “as joyous as possible,” even when presenting challenging subjects. She’s created television series for Viceland as well as the BBC, and written and contributed illustrations to publications like the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. She’s also created videos about women’s health, racism, and other issues of current interest and social relevance.