The Doubling Woods (No. 2)

Turkey Tail Mushrooms (Trametes versicolor), toddler swimsuit, flax fiber, thread, weathered wood panel

2020

23.25"x11.25"x2.5"

The Doubling Woods series engages with the connection between grief and ferality. Grief recalls to us our most elemental emotional markers, and also marks us among fellow humans. A person in grief is a person left to exist in a different space, a derelict territory, a wilderness.

There are traumas, and aspects of trauma, that are less palatable or digestible to our collective society. Like most fungi, the mushrooms I work with are saprotrophic (from the Greek saprós, meaning rotten, and trophē, meaning nourishment)—they’re sustained by what has died, and, through the very same process, help to break down what would otherwise take much longer to decompose.