Mapping and Connectivity, a new exhibit curated by Deborah Davidson, is on display in the Second Floor Connector Gallery and the Stanley Building Lobby, beginning April 25. The exhibit is open to all Broadies.
For centuries, we have used maps to chart the world – from the body to the stars and everything in between. Many contemporary artists use maps to inform their work: Google maps, imaginary maps, mind maps, genome mapping, historical maps and especially data visualization. The results are often reflective and personal. How do we discover the way to each other and back to ourselves?
Nathalie Miebach and Yu-Wen Wu use data and its intrepretation in their work, to reveal, translate, and manifest that data. This narrative impulse pervades their respective practices, as they seek to understand the world for themselves and to inspire us to see a way forward.
About the Artists:
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 3D 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.
Since March 2020, Miebach has been focusing on the integration of COVID-19 data into her translation work with weather data. The purpose of these 2D weavings that are entirely made up of data, is to both document this extraordinary period of human history we are going through, while also commenting on how the abundance of scientific data can facilitate or complicate our sense of resilience during the face of these global threats.
Miebach is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award, TED Global Fellowship and two Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships. She did her undergraduate studies in Chinese and Political Science at Oberlin College. She received an MFA in Sculpture and an MS in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art. Her work has been shown in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia and has been reviewed by publications spanning fine arts, design, and technology. She lives in Boston.
Yu-Wen Wu is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Boston. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Wu’s subjectivity as an immigrant is central to her artwork. Arriving in the United States at an early age, her experiences have shaped her work in areas of migration—examining issues of displacement, arrival, assimilation, and the shape of identity in a new country. At the crossroads of art, science, politics, and social issues, her wide range of projects include large-scale drawings, site-specific video installations, community-engaged practices, and public art. Wu’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in several private and public collections.
Wu’s recent exhibitions include the Internal Navigations solo presentation at Praise Shadows Art Gallery in Boston, MA, and the DISPLACED: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis group exhibition at SITE Santa Fe, NM, featuring an installation from the ongoing project “Leavings/Belongings.” Recently, Wu’s practice has grown increasingly engaged in public art. In 2020, she produced Lantern Stories, an outdoor public artwork commissioned by the Greenway Conservancy for Chin Park in Boston’s Chinatown. Wu is currently preparing the project’s next iteration in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood, opening Summer 2022. As a cohort member of the Now + There 2020 Accelerator program, Wu will also unveil a light-based public artwork in Boston, MA in Spring 2022.