Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday Wonder: Weather as Sculpture/Music

What I love about this work is that it challenges
 our assumptions of what kind of visual vocabulary 
belongs in the world of art versus science. . . 
it offers an alternative entry point 
into the complexity of science. . . .
~ Nathalie Miebach

Award-winning Boston-based artist Nathalie Miebach has a deep interest in science, and specifically weather data, which she translates into astoundingly beautiful and highly complex woven sculptures and musical scores that are mapped to weather conditions occurring at a specific time in a specific place. 

Below is Miebach's very brief introduction to and explanation of her extraordinary work. Be sure to view the images of her "Changing Waters", a series of sculptures, wall installations, and musical scores that examine meteorological and ocean interactions in the Gulf of Maine; "Tides and Poles"; and "Changing Weather". Go here to view images of and listen to a few of her musical scores.

Slideshow of Miebach's Sculptures and Music Scores

Miebach, a 2011 Ted Global Fellow, exhibited in 2011 at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts.

Of Interest

Profile of Nathalie Miebach, The New York Times, July 9, 2011

Profile of Nathalie Miebach, MSNBC, June 9, 2011

Feature on Nathalie MiebachBoston Handmade, January 8, 2011 Feature with Nathalie Miebach, April 2010 (This feature was produced as part of Miebach's show at Wellesley College.)

Interview with Nathalie MiebachArtSake, March 2010

"Weaving Science Into Sculpture", Lecture by Nathalie Miebach, PBS/NPR Forum Network, March 2009 (Video)

Interview with Nathalie Miebach, Peabody Essex Museum, June 2008 (Video)

Biographical Information and Images, Johanssen-Gallery

Data Flow 2: Visualizing Information (Die Gestalten Verlag, 2010) Miebach's work is included in this book.


Louise Gallagher said...

Now that's fascinating!

One of the places I've wanted to go is Zadar, Croatia to experience the sea organ.

Joyce Wycoff said...

Passion always wins! Thanks for showing us one more person who transforms obsession (extreme passion) into art.

S. Etole said...

The gifts people have never fail to fascinate.

Anonymous said...

there is no such thing as art versus science.
there is no art versus anything.