DATA Jana Rumberger, 2019

JANA: I take statistics I find online and translate them to drawings in space, made with lines of thread. The materials I use are important. I made this piece with linen yarn, a material used for crocheting and decorating the…

DATA Jana Rumberger, 2019

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JANA: I take statistics I find online and translate them to drawings in space, made with lines of thread.

The materials I use are important. I made this piece with linen yarn, a material used for crocheting and decorating the home. I often work with textiles because of their powerful presence in my childhood.

When I started making these drawings in 2016, I was thinking about how wealth affects people. As the work has evolved, these drawings have given me a platform to talk about controversial ideas without forcing my own perspective.

Numbers tell stories like photographs do. We can distort numbers the same way we distort photos.

In this installation, the data reveals a difference in housing priorities that makes the homeless more visible in the Portland area. At the same time, it underlines the continuing challenges of homelessness across the country.

We are living in divisive times. It’s easy to forget how easy it is to manipulate data when we are using those numbers to make a point or defend an argument.
At first glance, these installations are simple abstract objects, color, and light. I am excited by the second read, where the abstraction and factual information play off each other.

I hope that back and forth stimulates the conversations we need to solve the many problems that face our communities.
DATA is on display till Nov 30th at 1817 NW Irving st.

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