Fungi grows through the dispersal of its spores, which are all around us, floating around and landing everywhere, waiting for the right conditions to burst and grow...
Fungi is often overlooked for its importance, it is vital to our ecosystems, decomposing organic matter and recycling nutrients to the earth, enabling the roots of many the plants to take the water and nutrients needed to grow and yet they could also be our demise, causing infections in animals which could lead to their extinction.
The fungal spores series is an ever changing project that sees new spores develop from the last through experimentation with different ways of rolling paper from old books.
The project started after throwing away some books that hadn't been stored properly over the winter in my studio which had left the books with that damp old book smell. Which led to researching images of fungal spores under the microscope.
The destruction of the book will eventually produce many spores of various shapes and size to form a large installation.
A small selection of Fungal Sporse were shown at The Williamson Art Gallery last year alongside The Coral Colony collection.
The Fungal Spores collection at its largest so far was shown at Beeldentuin Achter de Westduinen last year along with Inner Beauty, Forest: Lungs of the World and Can't See the Trees for the Forest.