During my residency at @focimcga I will be researching the Harvard’s Glass Flower collection. Made by father and son glass artists Leopold (1822-1895) and Rudolf Blaschka (1857-1939). Over the course of 50 years, they documented realistic glass models of 780 plants to better preserve plant specimens in impeccable detail and skill. Inspired by this body of work and my own fungi documenting since 2014, I will document mushroom specimens in MN in glass,( maybe some funky lichen and slime molds) that have a glass-like quality, interesting forms, and extra-terrestrial vibes.
I recently got a tour of the Bell Museum’s @bellmuseum fungi collection at the U of M. They have 100,000 documented specimens and counting !! Some date back to the 1880s!! Totally geeked out! Here are some cool specimens in the following pictures! Stay tuned for glassworks and mycelium!
DOCUMENTING FUNGI IN GLASS
Due to Mycology being a newer recognized field of study and we are becoming re aquatinted with their significance to the ecosystem, there is very little documentation compared to the number of species. There are an estimated 5.1 million species of fungi on the earth, only about 1.5% are actually classified. I hope to capture the unique characteristics and the biodiversity of fungi in glass. This will be a long-term project that I am very excited about.