Getting closer now!
These next pieces were a continuation with me experimenting with clay from my large pallet, where I created sculptures resembling coral and sealife. These really came about when I was googling "fungi", not a very technical search but it was giving the images I needed for reference to use along with the ones I've taken myself. An artists work popped up in the search, called Vera Möller. She creates paintings and sculptures of 'hybrid fungi', heavily influenced by sealife!
I didn't want to outright copy her work, as I wouldn't gain anything from doing that at all, and I'm doing this to learn. I decided to thing of fungi and shapes I could use of my own, just using her as an infleunce. I reffered back to sketches I'd created, as well as photographs I'd taken of various fungi during a photography trip I had. We'd also been having lectures on different art movements, art history etc. and I remembered there was intervention work mentioned in there somewhere. So I had the idea of creating my own intervention piece, and what a better way to do that than with my fungi sculptures!
I placed these on this fallen down tree near a pond in the park near my university. I tried to place them in such a way to make it look as if they'd grown there naturally. I chose bright colours to try and make them stand out, and also make you question whether they are natural or artificial, as in particular blue is a rare colour in nature. After setting them up I went back to my studio and wrote about my experience. It was my first intervention piece so I thought it was a good thing to record how I felt at that moment in time.
Location: Hanley Park
I've left my fungal sculptures in a location I felt suited them perfectly - a fallen tree near a pond. Rotting wood and dampness is perfect for the fungi to grow. I feel a mix of feelings after leaving them there, I'm worried incase they get destroyed or broken by vandals. I'm excited because people could discover them during their stroll through the park, but disappointed I won't see how they react. I feel like I've left a part of myself (my ideas, thoughts etc) there, and knowing my work is so vunerable and exposed makes me feel uneasy. Knowing anything could happen to the work is unnerving. It's something new to me, and leaving my work exposed to any possibility is scary but liberating.