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.

Build Me a Platform, High in the Trees, so I May See the Waters
20’x13’x1’, 2017
Wood, paper, fiber, data

The piece is about four different flooding events that have impacted Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. In each of these events, the flood arrived differently. During Katrina, the water came in form of a quickly, rising rushing river. In August 2016, it arrived softly, persistently over 2 day period – drip after drip, bringing over 2 feet of water. In the Mississippi Delta, the flood comes even more quietly, through the interplay of slowly rising seas and the sinking of the wetlands. The recent Mississippi River flooding is a continuation of a long history of river cresting since the early days of levees building. Using weather data from each of these events, these four narratives build the visual drama of this piece. Underlying it all, is another visual narrative that asks how we will we come to terms with increased flooding events.)