Nathalie Miebach

2016

2nd Place recipient

I’ve always thought through my hands. They have been my primary vehicle to understand the world around me. When I am trying to learn something new, I build things, I take things apart, and I tinker with objects in order to understand. For this reason, it felt natural that when I became interested in science, I would turn to sculpture as my partner.

I use sculpture to explore the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores/ performances. My main method of data translation is that of basket weaving, which functions as a simple, tactile grid through which to interpret data into 3D space.Central to this work is my desire to explore the role visual and musical aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of complex scientific systems, such as weather. By utilizing artistic processes and everyday materials, I am questioning and expanding the traditional boundaries through which science data has been visually translated (ex: graphs, diagrams), while at the same time provoking expectations of what kind of visual vocabulary is considered to be in the domain of ‘science’ or ‘art’.

  • The Ride

    The Ride 22x22x32" 2015

    Paper, yarn, wood, weather and ocean data

  • Warm Winter

    Warm Winter 6x5x6' 2007

    Reed, wood, weather & ocean data

  • Retiring Bob

    Retiring Bob 5'x5' 2013

    Wood, paper, weather and ocean data.

  • Solar Beginnings of Everything That Changes

    Solar Beginnings of Everything That Changes 56"x66"x27" 2008

    Reed, wood, weather & ocean data

  • Urban Weather Prairies

    Urban Weather Prairies 16'x15'x15' 2009

    Reed, wood, weather data

  • Searching For Right Whales - Jordan Basin Buoy

    Searching For Right Whales - Jordan Basin Buoy 2'x2'x5' 2008

    Reed, wood, plastic, ocean and weather data

  • Hurricane Noel

    Hurricane Noel 32"x32"x36" 2010

    Reed, wood, plastic, weather and ocean data

  • Musical Buoy In Search Towards a New Shore

    Musical Buoy In Search Towards a New Shore 32"x32"x32" 2009

    Reed, wood, weather and ocean data

  • In the Shadow of a Giant

    In the Shadow of a Giant 32"x32"x25" 2013

    Reed, wood, paper, weather and ocean data

  • The Winds Kept Roaring Through the Night

    The Winds Kept Roaring Through the Night 24"x18"x20" 2011

    Reed, wood, weather and ocean data