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.
Katherine Grady writes about the Sporeplay show at the Aurora Gallery in Worcester Mag