A Generous Kingdom: The Use of Art and Science to Inspire the Next Generation of Gatekeepers

Making in The Living Room Laboratory

The Well-Within is made of mycelium. As a medium, it is a living material and cleans the air as it grows. The substrate is the same plant material used to grow mushrooms. The mycelium in my paintings and sculptures is not seeded so it will never produce mushrooms. If you think of mycelium as a tree, a tree fruits apples.  Mycelium typically fruits mushrooms. The mycelium I use is made of agricultural waste which I use to grow my paintings and my sculptures. 

The Well-Within

The Well-Within, 22" w x 27" h is made of mycelium. It took 23 days, or 554 hours, to grow. There are 43 bricks, 9 panels and numerous amounts of species of seashells. 2022.

The use of mycelium as a structural material: when mycelium has been put through an oxidation process and is dry it is stronger than concrete, naturally mold, fire and water resistant. Using mycelium in construction materials is a profound way to reduce our carbon footprint, reliance on fossil fuels and is a sustainable resource. A finding by U.K mycologist Merlin Sheldrake shared in a recent podcast that mycelium which has been with us as living material for more than 10,000 years shares 50% of human DNA. Next time you pick a mushroom from the ground, pause and consider what lies beneath. Keep in mind that the mushroom represents a tiny part of the larger organism. The mushroom is simply the fruit of mycelium.

Mycelium is a vast fungal network that is woven through the soil under every step we take.

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MUSHROOMS

Organic painting 

oyster mushroom
orange mycena

Title: Pink Oyster Mushroom: 12 x 12", 12/12/21

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. The oyster mushrooms are made of clay. This sculptural painting was created using wheatgrass, cranberry, beets, salt, mica, and heat.

Title: Orange 'Lea's' Mycena: 12 x 12", 12/15/21

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. Orange mycena are made of clay. The color was achieved using beets, oranges, mica, salt, clay, ink, and oxidation.

Lions Mane Mushroom

Title: Lion's Mane: 13 x 17", 11/27/21

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. The shaggy like shapes are made of clay. The color was achieved using coffee, tea, blueberries, mica, salt, and oxidation. 

Stinkhorn

Title: Basket Stinkhorn Mushroom: 9.5 x 9.5", 12/09/21

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. The main color was achieved using beets, mica, clay, salt, and oxidation. 

rotdotus

Title: Rhodotus: 9.5 x 9.5", 03/06/22

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. The color was achieved using beets, cranberries, wheatgrass, salt, clay, mica, and oxidation.

reishi mushroom

Title: Reishi Mushroom: 9.5 x 9.5", 03/13/22

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. The main color was achieved using tea, mica, clay, salt, mycelium, seashell, and oxidation.

blue turkey tail

Title: Blue Turkey Tail: 9.5 x 9.5", 1/6/22

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. I grew the mycelium to the paper. The color was achieved using beets, baking soda, salt, mica, yellow ink, and oxidation.

Purple Turkey Tail

Title: Purple Turkey Tail: 9.5 x 9.5", 11/30/21

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. The texture was created using coffee, tea, blueberries, mica, salt, and oxidation. 

pink turkey tail

Title: Pink Turkey Tail: 9.5 x 9.5", 12/04/21

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. The color was achieved using blueberries, coffee, carrots, cranberries,  mycelium, clay, mica, salt, and oxidation.

parrot mushroom

Title: Parrot Mushroom: 9.5 x 9.5", 12/12/21

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. TThe color was achieved by using beets, wheatgrass, mica, mycelium, salt, and oxidation.

green turkey tail

Title: Green Turkey Tail: 9.5 x 9.5", 01/09/21

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. The main color was achieved using beets, baking soda, cranberries, grown mycelium, clay, salt, and oxidation.

Morel Mushroom

 

Title: Morel Mushroom Inspired: 9.5 x 9.5", 03/13/22

Materials recipe: The watercolor paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. The main color was achieved using blueberries, tea, mica, clay, salt, mycelium, seashell, glass, and oxidation.

Integral Ecology

 

Title: Where Earth, Sea and Trees Meet, integral ecology: 9.5 x 9.5", 04/27/22

Materials recipe: mycelium grown to water color paper made from 100% post consumer waste, seashells, American Elm: (tree bark imprint into clay), mica, blueberries, coffee, salt, water jewels, and oxidation.

My introduction to sustainability and how it has inspired my work.

MUSHROOM AQUATIC

"Until recently, conventional wisdom held that gilled mushrooms did not exist underwater. In 2005, a Psathyrella, a new species was discovered in the clear, flowing, pristine waters of the Rogue River near Crater Lake, Oregon. This discovery opens up a new branch of aquatic mycology, and raises many questions. How many other mushroom species grow underwater?"

And what might their contribution to human health be? My new work for May is inspired by this finding.
(Research: Mycellium Running, pg 34, see Coffan, Southworth, and Frank, 2008, in press.)

Organic painting & forest bathing found objects 

This body of work emphasis is mixed media, sewing, and natural found objects.

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