Amelia Toelke is a visual artist from upstate New York State. Toelke holds a BFA in Metals and Jewelry from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Toelke’s diverse art practice draws on her training in jewelry and metalsmithing yet blurs traditional disciplinary boundaries. Through the integration of content, process, and material her work addresses the rich human history of adornment and the shared understanding of visual language. A combination of sculpture installation, and collage, Toelke’s work lies at the interstice of the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional, hovering between object and image, reality and representation.
In 2015, Toelke was selected as an artist in residence at Lanzhou City University in Lanzhou, China where she had the opportunity to work with students, experiment with traditional materials such as lacquer, and learn from her surrounding environment. In 2016 she was awarded a residency at Brush Creek Center for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming and later that year she participated in Artisterium, an international symposium held in Tblisi, Georgia. She is currently working on a collaborative project that explores the role of wearable objects in political movements and has recently designed a public sculpture for the Corn Hill neighborhood of Rochester, NY, slated to be installed this summer. Toelke lives in Chatham, New York.