My work originates in the soil, with materials I grow or forage. Using primarily mushroom spores, fungi’s microscopic reproductive particles, I make images that explore the sweet spot between accident and design. The images depict the interior workings of nature in compositions that contain recognizable patterns and familiar shapes. To create a spore image, I place a mushroom gill side down on paper. After several hours, the mushroom releases any number of its many tiny spores, and a powdery residue appears. Spores fly or float, then alight to reveal organic abstractions that summon the spaces within memory and ideas. When spore compositions are complete, I photograph the fragile images.
Katherine Grady writes about the Sporeplay show at the Aurora Gallery in Worcester Mag