In this time of rapid environmental change and related geopolitical upheaval, I am interested in the idea and aesthetics of salvaging hope, shelter, and community out of repression, division, and catastrophe. My work explores the myriad ways in which we are enmeshed with the non-human world, from the cellular level to the global economy, and their implications for the ecological and climatic challenges we collectively face. I investigate the ambiguities and exchanges between organisms and non-organisms, and between humans and non-humans. Such distinctions become increasingly complicated as technological advances blur these boundaries and raise ethical questions, and the frontiers of scientific research continue to reveal startling things about the world we thought we already knew. Ours is a postnatural world of hybrids.

Much of my work draws on my Illinois surroundings to explore aspects of global food production, engineered bioforms, and industrial agriculture. I am particularly interested in the resilient organisms that survive and thrive on the fringes of this activity, evading and adapting. I see the resistances of these plants and animals as a model for human modes of resistance to the dominant culture of consumption, expansion, and neocolonialism, as well as the socio-economic inequity these perpetuate. Other works present byproducts of industry and innovation that are produced on an incomprehensible scale, including plastics, styrofoam, and spent nuclear fuel, materials whose ecologically damaging effects dwarf human timescales by millennia.

Drawing on speculative fiction, climate disruption, biotechnology, queer theory, and the alarming pace of species extinction planet-wide, my work seeks to critique entrenched systems and attitudes that inflict harm while remaining largely invisible. My most recent projects incorporate the current ideological landscape of the West, including its alarming surge of nationalism and, in the U.S., isolationism and the reversal of policies that had begun to address the existential threat of climate change. These prints deploy irony and visual seduction in an attempt to undermine nationalistic and capitalistic dogmas, and to elevate suppressed narratives and progressive alternatives. By leaving room for productive ambiguity, I enable viewers of all ideological stripes to engage with my work without immediately feeling indicted by it. I see a deep and urgent connection between environmental justice and social justice, and am galvanized to advocate for both. To me, success would mean the realization of a just and sustainable human society, in balance with the ecological world in which we live.


Emmy Lingscheit
Assistant Professor and Printmaking Coordinator, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Emmy Lingscheit holds a BFA from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her work draws influences from speculative fiction, climate disruption, biotechnology, queer theory, and the alarming pace of species extinction planet-wide. Through these lenses her work critiques entrenched systems and ideologies that inflict social and ecological harm while remaining largely invisible.
Lingscheit exhibits her work widely, including recent invitational and group exhibitions at the International Print Center New York, NY, at Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA, and at the Lithographic Academy in Tidaholm, Sweden. Recent solo exhibitions include shows at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Lawrence Arts Center, and the Indianapolis Art Center. She has held artist residencies at Ucross, Brush Creek, Zygote Press, and the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, and her work resides in numerous public and private collections nationwide and overseas. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is the printmaking area coordinator.