Treasure Chest

Nathalie Miebach
Searching for Right Whales in the Gulf of Maine
   
Artist's Statement

In late summer, Right Whales are often found in large numbers at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. In this piece, which consists of three sculptures, I am translating various ocean and air data to help me understand what ecological conditions exists to entice these whales to congregate in such large numbers in this particular area. Each sculpture translates ocean and air data specific to the topographical location of the buoy in the Gulf of Maine. All buoys for this project are of the Gulf of Maine Observation System (GOMOOS). Local buoy data is also compared to larger, historical climate/weather data sets.

Nathalie Miebach holds a BFA in political science from Oberlin College, OH, and both a M.Ed. and MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Her honors include a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, the Blanche E. Colman Award, the International Sculpture 2006 Outstanding Student Award, a LEF grant, a two-year residency at the Fine Arts Work Center, a Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency, and the Berwick Research Institute Residency. Most recently, she was the Artist in Residence at Amherst College. Her work has been shown nationally and reviewed in many publications, including Art In America, Art News and Sculpture Magazine. She is represented by the Cynthia Reeves Gallery in New York City. See http://www.nathaliemiebach.com.

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Cobscook Bay Buoy Reed, data, wood, plastic, plaster, 2'x2'x7', 2008