I'm excited to finally show you the first phase of my Decomposition series. Phase one is called "Colony", and these photos depict the first of two installations that I had the joy of constructing.
I have yet to develop a formal statement about the series which will incorporate knitted replicas in the form of several types of wood decay fungi. I've hinted at it here and there in previous blog posts, but I will explain a little further:
The series is a study on the intricate textures of fungi and how they blend in to their natural environment. At a glance and from a distance, these knitted replicas meld in as a part of the magnificent cycle that transforms living plants to detritus and further into minerals that nourish other living plants as they draw these minerals up from the soil. For instance, when viewing the installation at the distance of the bottom photo the pieces appear natural and as though they are meant to exist there. However, on a closer encounter one sees that these are not fruiting bodies at all. The delicate knit stitch stands out and draws you in for closer inspection, much like the intricacies in the texture of fungi draw me in. These elements spur on a stream of questions that carry me meditatively in to a place of introspection. While this is a personal project, I hope that it excites the same way of thinking amongst its viewers, elevating to a greater level of awareness of one's surroundings.
The second installation of "Colony" will go up on this blog a week from today, so check back to see it! I hate to choose favorites, but I was actually even happier with how the second one turned out than I was with the first. I am also exploring inspiration for the next phase and hope to begin construction on that very soon.