Bloom
Linocut
42 x 22 inches
2018

Jellyfish are among the oldest known species, found preserved in fossils more than 500 million years old. During periods of Earth’s history when conditions were harshest, jellies likely constituted the bulk of organic life on earth. As we cause our planet’s oceans to warm and acidify, slipping again towards these prehistoric conditions, scientists are documenting a sharp increase in jellyfish blooms. These sudden population explosions have turned stretches of sea into a jellied mass, clogged power plant cooling intakes, capsized fishing boats, and closed busy beaches. That a creature without a brain or central nervous system, composed mostly of water and collagen, can so disrupt human beings, the ultimate disrupters, disturbs and thrills me. While we alternately mourn and ignore the many oceanic species that warming, oxygen-depleted seas are driving to extinction, jellyfish are poised to again reign supreme. Perhaps they will outlast homo sapiens for another 500 million years.

 

 

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.