Spore prints begin in the garden where I grow the mushroom variety Stropharia rugoso-annulata. The seasonal fruitings of the fungi known as King Stropharia provide a medium for my art. Using spores that fall from a mushroom’s gills to create images, I have purposefully re-imagined the mushroom spore print—used by mycologists to identify and type mushrooms — as art. For me, spore compositions evoke both mythical and the natural worlds.
When not making spore prints, I can be found teaching high school English, or somewhere in the garden.