In Praise of the “Artist’s Fungus”

There is a particular type of shelf fungus growing around here in the woods that I call an Artist’s Fungus, also known as  Ganoderma applanatum, the artist’s conk. Artists have been drawing on these for many years.  I found some contemporary examples by Corey Corcoran that are weirdly cool:

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This is an ephemeral medium-if you don’t etch them quickly they harden and are no longer workable.

artist'sFungus-lakedunmore:webSome have better contrast than others. This early one of a loon has faded into a uniform tan, but the design is still visible.

loonfungus:webThe white underside of the fungus turns dark when it is disturbed. A sharp object like a nail, jack knife, or exacto knife can be used to etch.

fungus-mushrooms:webThe side of a blade can create shadows, but lettering is hard for me.

fishfungus:websome work better than others. Here the invasive weed Eurasian Milfoil‘s feathery textures work better than the gliding fish.

My favorite is my newest, a cat face and a tiny mouse on 2 separate fungi.

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catfungus_2:webPurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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