This large piece was made using Cavaliers, a Wood Blewit, Earthy Powdercaps and some Scurfy Twiglets and Deceivers. The names are so entertaining!
I created this in two stages: Firstly, I lay the large mushrooms on the board, allowing air currents to flow around them to create the ephemeral spore swirls. Secondly, I added the smaller mushrooms, covered them to create the classic defined patterns.
I am very happy with how some merged and some stood still.
Gillian Duggan creates unique paintings using wild mushrooms and her passion for nature and art is visible in her work.
Working with her garden mushrooms, she harnesses their spore dispersal action to create these individual patterns. Some patterns are mirror images of the mushrooms’ gills and others are more abstract when she adds air currents to the process creating a sense of movement, fluidity and, sometimes, playfulness.
Her work reflects the juxtaposition of decay and life, stillness and motion as nature shapes the world we inhabit. Mushrooms and fungi recycle the dead and resupply the building blocks of life. Nothing is ever still. Motion is everywhere.
Each piece of Gillian’s work is unique and original.
Her medium is spores which are dried, fixed, framed, sealed and ready to hang.
Gillian lives in the foothills of the Dublin mountains surrounded by trees, birds, wild animals and, of course, mushrooms.