Escape Routes

Emmy Lingscheit: Edge Effect

August 17, 2016 — November 20, 2016

The work of Emmy Lingscheit (IL) is influenced by dystopian fiction, scientific research about the impact of human activity on the environment, and reflection on her experiences of nature. Through her drawings, prints, and sculpture, she creates a world where the built environment perpetually overlaps with nature and human-modified ecosystems are the norm. Edge effect refers to the phenomenon of increased population density in some species along the boundary separating ecosystems. Lingscheit’s subjects are these “edge” species that can adapt and even thrive within the habitats of human sprawl. She is especially interested in what she calls “nuisance” species: rats, rabbits, coyote, and white-tailed deer. These animals raid trash cans, decimate gardens, and provoke strong human emotions. Her animals are portrayed in various stages of disassembly. As they run, fly, and walk, their bodies separate to reveal parts that fit together like a model kit. Their deconstruction suggests the complexity of survival within the transitional zones.

Our gratitude is extended to The Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation, the West Foundation, Sargento Foods Inc., and the Herzfeld Foundation for major support of this exhibition and to the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding also was provided by the members of the Exhibitions & Collections Giving Circle. In addition, Arts Center programs are made possible by the generous support of its members.