The Empathics are futuristic beings who can shape shift and time travel.. They can, for example, alter their genetic makeup to merge it with plants. They are the creation of a mixed racial, binational artist named Saya Woolfalk. She was born in Japan, raised in Westchester County, N.Y., and currently lives in Brooklyn. Woolfalk is known for mixed-media installations that use science fiction and fantasy and focus on the theme of hybridity.
These photos are from Woolfalk’s recent exhibition at the Newark Museum of Art. Field Notes from the Empathic Universe was created after researching the museum’s plant specimens and landscape paintings. It is intended as a view of these from an Empathic perspective.