Artwork Detail

Depois da Tempestade / After the Storm (12)
Brazilian, b. 1967
Acrylic paint on paper and wood
32 1/8 x 26 5/8 "
University purchase, Parsons Fund and Yalem Fund, 2011
WU 2011.0012
Rivane Neuenschwander
Depois da Tempestade / After the Storm (12) is one in a series of works Rivane Neuenschwander made by exposing maps of New York State to the elements in her native Brazil for the length of the rainy season. In the creation of her works Neuenschwander often involves external components—humans, animals, natural elements—to probe the tension between the forces of nature and the human systems devised to order and understand them. For this series she first placed paper maps on wire screens outside of her studio in Brazil and let the paper slowly degrade under the force of the rains. She then assembled the fragments on colorfully painted boards before painting new borders and roadways atop the reassembled pieces. Reshaping geography through a type of “poetic topology,” these rain maps chronicle cartographic erosion, as landmasses appear to disintegrate into patchy lagoons and boundaries are washed away, only to reemerge as fantastic new territories created by the artist. [Permanent collection label, 2016]