Endless forms

I’m starting from the oldest thing I should have posted, I had a big solo show at D11, in the back room which was HUGE. It was called Endless forms.

The name came from this Charles Darwin quote from the origin of species: “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

The advantage of this massive space is I could have all of my varied work in together, as the viewer came into the space to the left the first thing they would see is my mycelium works, with small purple fruiting bodies. This appeared to be growing through the space, starting with the incomplete walls these spread out across the floor and onto the pristine white walls.

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The second body of work shown was that of my specimens, these pieces were partially mounted on the wall and some on small shelves I made to display them. These were a collection of found objects on which I added toadstools, brackets and other fungal growths, both out of yarn and crochet and clay forms.
These are an idea of the Wunderkammer or cabinet of curiosity that I have played with off and on for years, I have moved away from it but I keep coming back and exploring other facets.

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In the centre of the room and on the back wall were my light up toadstool works, these are clay and have a wire running through the stem and an LED under the transparent cap, mounted on a canvas, the battery pack will fit inside the back of the canvas and remain hidden.  I made some to be wall mounted and some to sit on a shelf, including a couple of really large ones. I’m really happy with how these worked in the space and mounted on plinths the created islands of light and work within the space.

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The last of my series of works was my jellyfish swarm, this contained 101 crochet jellyfish forms suspended in the space from a net and they appear to be floating in the low light. I also created a video to be projected across the work, this was blue liquid being poured into a clear pool of water and gradually taking over.

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This was my biggest solo show to date and was a massive amount of work. Installation took a week and was only possible with the help and support of my friends. People loved the show, the positive feedback I received for the show was mind-blowing, and a lot of people made a decision to take a piece home with them, I was overwhelmed by the support.

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