Water Bodies 1
138 years of annual average temperature data of 71 percent of the Earths ocean; hemp, plant and insect derived dyes; petrochemical - derived fishing line
35" x 50"
DescriptionI draw on a history of weaving as a subversive language for women and marginalized groups to create a feminist, material archive in response to worsening climate crisis. The works in this archive merge practices of record keeping with practices of grieving and merge expressions of scientific research with expressions of lived experience. Through sculpture, drawing, and textiles, I trace relationships between climate change, water, extractive industry, illness, and displacement; between personal and communal loss; and between corporeal and ecological bodies. The strands of dyed hemp warp threads in Water Bodies color-code 138 years of temperature for the earth’s surface. This materialization of rising temperatures is held together with petrochemical-derived fishing line to create woven patterns that mimic waves. While the fishing line’s reflective quality evokes the glimmering surface of a body of water, the combination of materials and data also suggests the link between climate crisis, extraction of petrochemicals, and the accumulation of toxic plastics in our bodies and ecosystems.
About this Artist
Weinberg’s work is held in public and private collections and is exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include the University of Colorado Art Museum, 21C Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, 108 Contemporary, and the Center for Craft. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Surface Design Journal, the Tulsa Voice and literary Journal Ecotone. Select honors include: Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Serenbe Fellowship, SciArt Bridge, Windgate Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, Lia Cook Jacquard Residency, Museum of Art & Design virtual artist residency, and Sculpture Space, among others. Weinberg has taught at California College of the Arts, University of Tulsa, Penland School of Craft, and lectures and gives workshops throughout the US. She is currently a 2022 Illinois Artist Fellow. I draw on a history of weaving as a subversive language for women and marginalized groups to create a feminist, material archive in response to worsening climate crisis. The…View Full Artist Bio