Parasites: Survival Relationships (Symbiosis State)

Parasites: Survival Relationships (Symbiosis State)

Edition of 100
23 pages
Letterpress Printed
1 color, text & illustration
Drum leaf binding

With this publication Stucke interrogates the biological and cultural definitions of symbiosis. By combining experiential and rational knowledge systems with the medium of drawing, she appropriates visual taxonomies that create conversations between local knowledge systems of the human body and scientific classification structures.

In essence, Parasites: Survival Relationships (Symbiosis State), explores the invisible, sensorial, and imaginative experience of parasites using the letterpress printing techniques of SFCB Master Printer Chad Johnson.


Amber Stucke is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. She identifies her work within ideas of social relationships situated between artistic research, science and imagination. Through materials of sound and language, performance, installations, embodied and appropriated drawings, scientific prints and DIY artist books, her research interests include questions of symbiotic and rhizomatic relationships, Native American ethnobotany, local knowledge systems, plant-human relationships, evolutionary biology, consciousness, and the appropriation of visual scientific classification structures.

Stucke holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and has also had additional studies at Goldsmith’s College in London and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at Satellite Berlin (Berlin, Germany),BAK (Utrecht, Netherlands), University of Oporto (Oporto, Portugal), Cain Schulte Contemporary Art (San Francisco, CA), Punch Gallery (Seattle, WA), Kala Art Institute & Gallery (Berkeley, CA), and Zacatecas Cultural Center (Zacatecas, Mexico); solo shows include: Electric Works (San Francisco, CA), The David Brower Center (Berkeley, CA), The LAB (San Francisco, CA), Clay Street Press (Cincinnati, OH), and 2731 Prospect Gallery (Cleveland, OH). She is a recipient of the 2016/2017 Curtis Gates Lloyd Research Fellowship at the Lloyd Library & Museum, a participating artist of Satellite Berlin in Germany, a member of the Society of Artistic Research (SAR), and a contributing writer to The Learned Pig.