“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!” That’s why mushrooms are so compelling to me. They are like little time/space travelers, living in this moment but also able to become dormant as needed until they can be revived for their next mission.
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.
This mushroom’s brief life-story describes our own precarious relationship with nature: Mushrooms can only thrive and propagate when the correct balance of light, water, food
The Inky Cap’s life cycle is a beautiful (drippy) reminder to appreciate our fragile planet and ephemeral existence.
Deliquesce is 12″ x 36″ oil on cradled birch. It is available in my studio.