In her first solo exhibition, SAIC alumna Saya Woolfalk explores the formation of reality through the eyes of an imaginary, hybrid species.
In her first solo exhibition, SAIC alumna Saya Woolfalk explores the formation of reality through the eyes of an imaginary, hybrid species.
March 6

Alumna Presents “A Future Vision of the Future”

On March 5 Art Slant published an interview with artist and SAIC alumna Saya Woolfalk (MFA 2004) in celebration of her solo exhibition at Third Streaming gallery in New York. Writer Lee Ann Norman says Woofalk—whose work combines painting, drawing, video, media, and fiber arts— presents “a future vision of the future” that forces viewers to “re-consider what it means to be human and how we co-exist with other life forms in the world.” In Chimera, the artist continues an investigation of “The Empathics,” an imaginary part human, part plant species developed in consultation with an anthropologist that explores “what would happen if you posited a future world where people are crossing genders and crossing species.” Following the artist’s ethnographic approach, the narrative is told from the “The Empathics” own point of view.  “When people talk about the crossing of cultures or alternative histories, it’s usually talked about in the third person,” Woolfalk explains, “but this is supposed to be about people creating self-representations, and creating their own histories, their own knowledge, and their own place in self-transformation.” Chimera runs through April 25 with a live performance on March 7.