(DE)COMPOSITION 2011

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Meadhbh O'Connor, (De)composition

(De)composition, 2010.
Materials: mushroom spores deposited over collage of scientific papers
Dimensions: 104 x 84 cm framed

Meadhbh O'Connor, (De)composition

(De)composition, 2010.
Materials: mushroom spores deposited over collage of scientific papers
Dimensions: 104 x 84 cm framed

Meadhbh O'Connor, (De)composition

Preparation for the spore prints, using wild mushrooms.

Meadhbh O'Connor, (De)composition

Detail. 'The weeds shall inherit the earth.'

Meadhbh O'Connor, (De)composition

Detail of spore prints.

Meadhbh O'Connor, (De)composition

Detail.

Meadhbh O'Connor, (De)composition

Another example of collecting spores from wild mushrooms.

Meadhbh O'Connor, (De)composition

Drying out mushrooms.

Meadhbh O'Connor, (De)composition

Wild mushrooms.

Meadhbh O'Connor, mushroom factory

Visit to the mushroom factory. This would lead to a large living mushroom installation shown in 'Biosphere,' Meadhbh's first solo show.


(De)composition, 2011

Wild mushroom collected, from which spore prints were taken. The spore prints were taken on a collage of scientific papers. The work is currently framed, acting as a vitrine for the spores. The frame contains and suspends the life process. Someday, when the frame is destroyed, or if conditions are otherwise appropriate, some of the dormant spores will become active and form new life.

For related work, see Fungus Supremus 2011, of Biosphere.

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