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.

 

Sibling Rivalry, 28'x15'x1' (depth), 2016
Paper, wood, fibers, weather data.
Shown as installed at the Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH.

Hurricanes are driven by the laws of physics. And yet, the way we experience them is more akin to theater. Using human narratives and the weather data of Hurricanes Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, this piece explores the dissonance and co-existence between the physic of weather with the theater of human responses.