My work is anchored by a curiosity in organic growth patterns, specifically those that appear on both the micro and macro scale. Branches, hexagons, diamonds, and holes appear in the structures of fungi, barnacles, seed pods, roots, neurons, to name only a few examples. Through repetitive actions in sculpture and painting, my work observes and represents these specific shapes and patterns.
Recently I have found inspiration in the hyphal networks of fungi. Not only do these branching structures and fruiting mushroom bodies have compelling visual forms, their role in our ecosystem is crucial. Mycelial networks act as Earth’s internet by enabling communication and transferring nutrients between plants. These organisms defy our preconceived notions of an environment based on competition. They demonstrate an instance where cooperation is both efficacious, in an evolutionary sense, and beautiful.
Hyphae was created with commercially produced materials, such as linen thread, paper pulp, and chicken wire. The previously rigid and uniform hexagonal cells of the chicken wire are made to adapt and respond to obstacles. The sculpture represents the ability of natural organisms to self-organize in the face of limitation. Rather than try to understand any one specific organism, I want to honor these common strategies of growth and resilience.