I am fascinated by nature’s ability to repurpose organic matter. My work originates in the soil of urban and rural landscapes, using materials I grow or forage to explore the tension between randomness and intention. The fungi kingdom knows no waste and makes the detritus of the plant and animal kingdoms live again. Mushroom spores’ primary goal is to establish a larger community, but I utilize them to create imagery that shows the inner workings of nature - imagery that belies fungi’s reputation for decay. 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. Microscopic spores fly or float, then alight to reveal organic abstractions that summon the spaces within memory and suggest stories about the edges of forests, cities, and dreams.

Forest, Deep and Mighty, mushroom spores on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2018

Forest, Deep and Mighty, mushroom spores on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2018