DRYAD & PEGAEAE
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus), Pink and Yellow Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus djamor & citrinopileatus) Pegaeae and Dryad are two sculptures from a solo show, also called Fruitful Bodies, that opened in January 2021. This show further delineates the work I began in 2019 by pairing species of mushroom with distinct qualities to members of the pantheon of Greek nymphs. Pegaeae, the nymph spirit of a fresh-water spring, is grown with Lion’s Mane mushroom, characteristic for its long spines, mimicking the form of a waterfall. Dryad, the spirit of an oak tree, is grown with Yellow and Pink Oyster mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms grow in symbiosis with trees, giving off a burst of color amid the trees’ bark and later decomposing into forest topsoil.