I started doing some mushroom prints again this week, and I think it is time they became properly a part of my finished work, instead of just something I play with. I was thinking before that I had to turn them ‘into’ something, but with the way that I am working at the moment, maybe I don’t have to. They can be presented just as they are, a visual record of a natural phenomena. Plus they are circles! (more or less).
This one is particularly beautiful with it’s soft swirls. Must be very small spores indeed.
These recent prints have a particularly strong contrast between the fluid outer shape and the more sharply defined black hole in the centre which shows where the cut stem of the mushroom was. They reminded me of satalite images of arctic sea ice. There is always a black circle over the pole because the satellites orbit around but don’t actually cross the pole. A blind spot in the data.
The sea ice image is updated every few days, along with other similar images and graphs on a site called Cryosphere Today. Have a look if you have an interest in what’s happening in the earths polar regions. I look at it every fey days, but some would call me obsessive.