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Schingoethe Center Exhibit | Opening Reception | Lecture

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Exhibit: September 28-December 13, 2017

Opening Reception: September 28, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Lecture: September 28, 6:45-8:00 p.m.

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Nathalie Miebach explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores/ performances.

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Nathalie Miebach explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores/ performances. Her main method of data translation is that of basket weaving, which functions as a simple, tactile grid through which to interpret data into 3-D space. Central to this work is her 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, she is questioning and expanding the traditional boundaries through which science data has been visually translated (e.g., 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.”

Miebach collects data on climatic change — from the growing ozone hole, the ebb and flow of tidal waters, to the weather's patterns. Using the basket's weave as her grid, she assigns meaning to her materials; one reed may represent an hour in time or a longitudinal degree. Ultimately, she creates fanciful, intricate, and brightly colored woven sculptures, which serve as vessels for her data.

Miebach is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award, TED Global Fellowship, two Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships and nominations to the World Technology Award, Brother Thomas Award and the Women to Watch Smithsonian Award. She did her undergraduate studies in Chinese and political science at Oberlin College and earned an MFA in sculpture and an MSAE in art education from Massachusetts College of Art. Her work is shown nationally and abroad, and has been reviewed by publications spanning fine arts, design and technology.

Curated by Meg Bero, Executive Director, Schingoethe Center.

For more information, visit http://nathaliemiebach.com/.

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