Painted: April 1, 2017
Climate Threat: Pint-sized yet vocal, the Northern Saw-whet Owl may face a 99 percent loss of its winter range by 2080, forcing it to move further north. These changes might mean that the species will be absent in the lower 48 during winter by the turn of this century.
About the Artist: Summer McClinton, born in 1976, is an award-winning comic book artist and painter living and working in Harlem. Her work is characterized by an eclectic sensibility—a perpetual mix of existing artistic styles and streetscape vernacular. The common thread within all of her work is an abiding interest in life as a philosophically humorous subject. Her most notable contributions to comics include a Xeric Award for Thread and Harvey Pekar’s On the Fly and The Unrepentant Marxist. Her paintings have been supported by private collectors, corporate commissions, a Chashama studio residency, as well as exhibition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Summer’s current project includes oil-painted skateboards featuring anonymous mug shots of day-in-the-life objects from staged photo shoots around New York City. See them on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “The Saw-whet Owl chose me. A few days after painting it I found out my mother had recently drawn (and sold) a Saw-whet Owl at an art exhibition in North Carolina. This was confirmation to me that this owl has a strong desire to be noticed, protected, and removed from the endangered species list.”