11 x 15 inches
Collage with monoprint and photo transfer elements on rag paper.
This piece is part of a series of collage prints about fungi, aka mushrooms. Through my healing practice, I have developed a transformative relationship to mushrooms. Mushrooms are fascinating forms of life. Unlike plants, they have no leaves or roots and they never form flowers nor seeds. As human beings, we have a long relationship with mushrooms because they evolved with us, and they are among the oldest species alive. We are more closely related to fungi than we are to plants. Early this year, I went mushroom foraging for the first time at Salt Point Park on the California coast with a group of close friends and mushroom lovers. As we wandered through the forest looking down at all the luscious life in the forest, we were guided by a mushroom expert, and we were able to identify most of what we found. We were on a mission to find some edible mushrooms that we could prepare in our cabin. I felt joy when I surrendered to nature as I felt my way through the forest in search of my colorful little friends. At one point, I felt cared for by the natural world around me. I was ecstatic to find a bunch of different colored mushrooms hidden near fallen logs or streams. Mushrooms were giving me a way to shift my perspective. to look down, to crouch and to get on my knees. My exploration inspired me to create prints that captured my perspective as I roamed through a dense lush forest to find these colorful treats. I’m also happy to share that the first edible mushroom I found was a Clitocybe.