Art has always been, at least in part, about responding to the human condition, and part of that, alas, involves tragedy and despair. Artists around the world have been responding to and attempting to cope with the tragedy of the Indian Ocean tsunami of last year that left over 216,000 people and a similar number of animals dead.
While I feel that the expression of humans “trapped” by Nature is misguided and wrong-headed,
The Chicago Tribune has an interesting article about how various worldwide artists have been using art to respond to the tsunami and its aftermath. (BugMeNot link will come in handy.)
Update: The article, alas, has been taken down.