Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Sporeplay

I am a mushroom spore print artist; I make images with the millions of tiny spores that fall from the gills of mushrooms. Spore printing is a practice that mycologists use for identification and propagation. Here’s how it works: one places a mushroom, gill or pore side down, on a piece of paper. After several hours, the mushroom releases any number of its many tiny spores, and a powdery residue appears on the paper. Air resistance and gravity influence each spore’s alighting. I call the biological medium "mushroom spores on paper." I also photograph and make archival prints of the work, which can be fragile.

 

My artwork requires an attentive relationship with this most unlikely medium. I cultivate the mushroom Stropharia rugosoannulata in the garden and forage for wild mushrooms in woods and fields. Each mushroom variety possesses its own spore charms; some are velvety black or snowy white, some purplish grey, falling with photographic precision or lazily, like smoke; others make a lush salmon-colored powder.

 

Spores allow me to create organic abstractions that convey resilience, flexibility, and delicacy.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Madge
Job Title/Position: 
Spore Print Artist
Physical Address: 
5 Cider Mill Road
Haydenville, MA 01039
Last Name: 
Evers
Phone: 
413-320-9498

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Year Founded: 
2015
Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region