Meet "Turkey Tail", a wall hanging inspired by the turkey tail fungus. I created this piece at the same time as "Riot II" this past summer, but unfortunately never had a good opportunity to get photos of it in an open space with good natural light... until now! The individual polypores were knitted and then mounted onto a large piece of elm bark.
Typically, my work is very setting based, and most often it is impermanent (or really always... until now). Aside from showing installations that will be removed or immortalizing them with photographs, I had not explored other avenues to make my work accessible for people to view in person until recently. I currently have two wall hangings up in Coffee Slingers, my favorite coffee shop/roaster in Oklahoma City, in addition to several framed photographs of past installations. The piece shown above is "Riot II", an extension of the "Decomposition: Riot" installation from April of this year in southeastern Oklahoma. I used Jack-O-Lantern fungi forms for the piece, as well as bark shed from an elm tree. The bark is a story in and of itself. I love how the wall hangings turned out, and will most likely be making more of these.
If you are in the Oklahoma City area and would like to stop by and see my show, it's up for the full month of August. Coffee Slingers is located at 1015 N Broadway in Downtown Oklahoma City. Another post is to come with images of the second wall hanging.