About The Work
Understanding the ways that land, water, air, and living beings communicate and shape one another is fundamental to living well on this planet...One of these languages is that of seeds –both the end and the beginning of most plants’ cycle of life, exquisitely simple yet endlessly fascinating.
Gary Paul Nabhan summed up the enchanting power of seeds in a brief poem -“we don’t just study seeds, we study under the spell of seeds, for we can only conclude that we are their understudies; they are the masters.” A seed is simultaneously the message and the messenger –a body that holds memories and desires in safety until the time is right to emerge and transform. I believe that the spell they cast over us comes from their embodiment of hope.
Emma is an eco-artist who has spent most of their life in Western New York (Hodinöhsö:ni’ territory) making art and studying plants. Since graduating from Alfred University in 2017 with a BFA in Sculpture and Expanded Media, Emma has been the artist-in-residence at the Adirondack Interpretive Center and the Tomorrow River Homestead.
Currently, Emma lives and works in the Champlain Valley of Vermont, part of the ancestral lands of the Abenaki/Wabanaki people. Their work centers around developing intimacy with and reverence for the living world.