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Northwestern’s Ditmar Gallery presents a memorial inspired by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan to the nearly 16,000 lives lost during this natural disaster.

Painter and multimedia artist Jave Yoshimoto’s chaotic and colorful figurative scrolls draw attention to the magnitude of natural disasters. They depict jarring scenes that overwhelm the viewer with the necessity of empathy, remembrance and compassion.

Mr. Yoshimoto’s nine-piece “Disaster” series, along with 11 works from his preceding “Godzilla Invading” series, will be featured in the June 25 through Aug. 9 exhibition, “The Melting World” at Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition and a 4-6 p.m., June 25 opening reception, will take place at the gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive. Mr. Yoshimoto uses art as a communication tool for developing culture and community. He also explores the lasting news in the information era and the social memory of tragedy.