“Fungi are the only organism with the biological aptitude to link death with life.”
Sylvia Tilley, Crewmember USS Starship Discovery
I heard this sentence while watching Star Trek Discovery, and I thought, “of course!” Mushrooms are like little time/space travelers, living in this fleeting moment but able to become dormant through hard times until conditions are favorable for them to thrive again.
I learned the word Deliquesce when I looked up a little mushroom I discovered in a field near my home. The mushroom started as a white bulb in the morning, developed a drippy black skirt by midday, and collapsed into a smudgy heap by afternoon. The word means liquify or melt which is what the Inky Cap mushroom does.
Mushrooms and humans each share a precarious relationship with nature. Mushrooms need the correct balances of light, water, food, protection
The Inky Cap mushroom presents a beautiful illustration of the fragility of existence.
Deliquesce is 12″ x 36″ oil on cradled birch, available in my studio.