Areca Roe is an artist and photographer in Minneapolis. She received her MFA in Studio Arts from University of Minnesota in 2011 and her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) in 2001. She currently teaches photography at various schools throughout the Twin Cities, and exhibits work nationally and internationally. A recurrent theme in her work is the interface between the animal and human domains. She received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for both 2012 and 2014. Roe was also named by City Pages as one of the Artists of the Year for 2013.
Much of my work engages with our culture’s relationship (or lack thereof) with the natural world. This relationship is a complex one—we require and revere it, but we simultaneously destroy it. Perhaps above all, we have separated ourselves from the natural world, and from this comes a desire to reconnect with and return to wildness. In my work, I explore how these barriers and desires manifest themselves in our lives and our society.