PhD Candidate, American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin and Co-founder of Mystery Spot Books in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Emily Roehl's academic work addresses contemporary art and the energy industry, focusing on the environmental aesthetics and eco-affects that coalesce around images of the oil industry from upstream to down in the material life of oil, from tar sands and fracking photography in Alberta and North Dakota to pipeline protests in North Dakota and Nebraska. Roehl also teaches in the department of American Studies at UT Austin, where she designed a course on the Cultures of American Energy.
Mystery Spot Books has exhibited nationally and internationally in artist book events including the LA Art Book Fair, the Tokyo Art Book Fair, Photobook Melbourne, and in numerous gallery exhibitions. Distributors include Printed Matter, Inc in New York, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Ti Pi Tin in London. Mystery Spot Books titles can be found in archives and collections including The Indie Photobook Library in Washington, DC, the Midway Contemporary Art Library in Minneapolis, and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mystery Spot Books is currently completing a multi-publication project on the energy landscapes of the St. Louis metro area.Graduate Student - UT Austin