Berlin-based Argentinian artist Miguel Rothschild’s latest installation art captures the often stormy nature of the ocean and sky. Taking inspiration from poetry and biblical references, his installations titled Elegy and De Profundis are made by suspending large reams of printed fabric with transparent fishing wire. Both pieces cleverly play on perception, appearing as both the ocean or the sky, depending on the viewer’s position.
Elegy—named after a poem by Jorge Luis Borges—presents a strong sense of world-weariness. From the front, the dark blue ocean of fabric appears as though it’s about to crash over the viewer, with the fishing wire—weighed down by lead balls—appearing as heavy lashes of rain. From the back, the fabric transforms into a stormy gray cloud, where a model of a wet dog can be seen underneath it, curled up to keep warm.
Rothschild’s De Profundis piece covers the altar of St. Matthew’s Church, Berlin. Similar to Elegy, the large textile piece represents the ocean’s surface, and seems to float and flow towards the viewer. Over 8 meters long, and held up by around 1,500 strands of fishing wire, the piece is a metaphor for the biblical psalms, “From the deep, Lord, I call to you!”
If you’re in Berlin, De Profundis is currently on view in St. Matthew’s Church. Find more of Rothschild’s work via his website.