Monday, January 12, 2009

Portrait with lichen and striated leaf

Since the New Year I have been creating new pieces. Somehow a new flight of creativity has come my way. This uses two types of lichen (from the Native American fishing grounds of the Klickitat river, and the Deschutes) for color and texture, and a striated banana leaf (from the botanic gardens in Sydney). (and again the lovely Zhalih)

I use lichen because of the visual forms and metaphoric connotations. Mutualism, slow growth in time, complexity of form and pattern.

From Dictionary of the Fungi (Hawksworth et al., 1995)

"A lichen is a ecologically obligate, stable mutualism between an exhabitant fungal partner and an inhabitant population of extracellularly located unicellulary or filamentous algal or cyanobacterial cells."

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