Photo: Pamela Vázquez Torres
Emma Wood (they/them/hen) is a nonbinary, Swedish-American, arts facilitator, interdisciplinary artist and emerging curator based in Mni Sota Makoce/ Minnesota on Dakhóta Land. They work with intersections of mycelium and glass. Bridging between science and art to investigate their personal relationship with grief. Their work is on a transition exploring the duality of ephemeral and archival. Wood pursues citizen science in mycology (specifical mycoremediation). Wood is currently exploring temporary and biodegradable processes that specifically benefit the environment through mycoremediation. Utilizing fungi as an artistic medium to develop projects with a multidisciplinary approach, Wood’s work investigates their identity, Swedish heritage, environmentalism, and grief. Their work is inspired by personal experiences as well as external influences of temporary existence, the process of decomposition, and life cycles.
From 2014 to 2018 Wood lived in Sweden coordinating an international, interdisciplinary art residency. Emma now resides in Minneapolis to focus on their studio practice. Wood is an artist in the Studio Artist Program at FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts. They were a 2021 Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Franconia Sculpture Park and an Emerging Artist-in-Residency at FOCI MCGA in 2021. Emma and a team of collaborators hosted an art shanty at Art Shanty Projects in 2022.
2014-2015 Lileholmen Folkhögskola, Visual Arts, Rimforsa, Sweden
2012-2014 Perpich Arts Highschool, Visual Arts, Golden Valley, MN
RESIDENCIES / EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS
2022 Emerging Curator Fellow, Emerging Curators Institute, MN
2022 Guided Mushroom Forage with Haleigh Ziebol The American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis MN
2022 "Reduce, Reuse, Rage" Shanty, Art Shanty Projects. Bde Unma/ Lake Harriet, MN
2021 Emerging Glass Artist in Residency, FOCI MCGA, Minneapolis, MN
2021 Casting: Transformation. Group Exhibition, NE Minneapolis, MN
2021 Guided Mushroom Forage with Haleigh Ziebol The American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis MN
2021 Emerging Artist in Residency, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN
2021 "Interstice" Traveling exhibition, Minneapolis, MN
2021 "Speculative Futures, Present Imaginations" Virtual Exhibition, St. Catherine University
2021 "Foot in the Door" Virtual Exhibition, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
2018 Nya Småland/ Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing
2016 Konstrakan Tranås, Sweden
2015 Konstrakan Tranås, Sweden
2015 Group Exhibition Passagen, Linköping, Sweden
2022 Interim Site Manager, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN
2021 Glass Discoveries Instructor and Studio Assistant, FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts.
2021 Program Assistant Staff, The American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN.
2021 Sculpture Production Assistant for Yoshi Nakamura EAiR 2021 Franconia Sculpture Park, MN
2021 Sculpture Production Assistant for Jeff Scholfield EAiR 2021. Franconia Sculpture Park, MN
2021 Studio Artist Program, FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts MN
2020 Time-trade Studio assistant, FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts MN
2020 Teaching assistant, The American Swedish Institute, MN
2020 Program Coordinator SWEA, Swedish Women's Education Association, MN
2021 The Many Ways of Fungi: First Steps Into the World of Mycology, MYCOLOGOS, Portland, Oregon
2021 Glass Blowing 1 and 2 class, FOCI MCGA
2020 Kiln 1 and 2: Fusing and Slumping Glass
2018 Biomimicry for Designers, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN
2016 Intersectional – Transnational Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden
2014 Rhode Island School of Design Artbook Award, RISD, Rhode Island.