NATHALIE MIEBACH

My most recent series explores the theme of floods through the narratives of recent storms and weather events. Floods have become an increasing familiar reality of weather patterns, both along the coasts and inland. They are violent penetrations into our private spheres, soiling precious family heirlooms and rotting foundations. They arrive sideways through dramatic, violent storm surges and king tides, from above by way of unending rain patterns and through the ground through overwhelmed drainage systems and overtaxed aquifers.

This body of work pulls together the fragmented narratives of various recent storms that have impacted human lives through the lens of water entering our homes and washing away any notion that this is just a passing shower.

The Burden of Every Drop
17’x10’x2’, 2018
Wood, Paper, Rope, Data

This is a story about Hurricane Maria – about the fierceness of the wind and rain, about the data silence as all electrical systems broke down, about the vastly underestimates death toll, about rebuilding and about people leaving the Puerto Rico. The piece combines weather and other numerical data with anecdotal information from news reports about the aftermath of the storm. This piece was written in conjunction to a musical score that uses the same base material as the wall piece. Read from right to left, it begins with lots of wind data, which comes to crescendo as it hits Puerto Rico, represented by an unraveling quilt.
Photo Credit: Jean-Michael Seminaro