Wave Pool presented a two-person show between local artist Amber Stucke and New York based artist Edina Tokodi. Emergence linked these two artist’s practices through an exploration of human-plant relationships and dissolving the barriers between nature and art.
Both artists use non-traditional materials to create works that investigate scientific notions of the natural world while connecting environmental studies to human issues.
Edina Tokodi ponders the pedestrian and the value of public art as she creates installation works that integrate ideas of sustainable living by connecting natural materials with an urban environment. In her words, “My work advocates sustainable living and draws attention to the deficiency of nature in daily life. I work with live plants, moss, and other natural/ephemeral materials to accentuate urban dynamics and possible states of renewal.”
Amber Stucke is also an interdisciplinary artist, creating sound installations as well as prints, artist books, and drawings. Her most recent body of work explores human interactions with rhizomes. She states, “Rhizome State is a state of mind of becoming rhizomatic relationships to explore the idea, ontology, and uses of rhizomes through an interdisciplinary process interconnecting the study of ethnobotany, local knowledge systems, plant-human relationships, and the imagination.”
Emergence was organized by Calcagno Cullen, and was on view at Wave Pool’s gallery from March 18th – May 6th, 2017.