mushroom spores, cyanotype
My work originates in the soil with materials I grow or forage. Using mushroom spores, the microscopic reproductive particles of fungi, I create works on paper that focus on themes of adaptation and intention. I’m interested in the relationships and stories that are revealed in the spaces between accident and design. 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. Each spore composition is unique; I often photograph the fragile and potentially fugitive images. I also use the cyanotype process to create a background for some of my work. When not composing spore prints or cyanotypes, I can usually be found somewhere in the garden.