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Alien landscapes

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Fungi (singular: fungus) are a kingdom of usually multicellular, eukaryotic organisms that are heterotrophs. They have important roles in nutrient cycling in an ecosystem and they also have interdependent associations with plants and bacteria. Fungi reproduce both sexually and asexually, with the study of fungi being known as mycology.

Now before you leave here wondering what eukaryotic or heterotroph means, let me explain that I had to research this myself: “Eukaryotic is an organism whose cells contain a nucleus surrounded by a membrane and whose DNA is bound together by proteins (histones) into chromosomes”, and a “heterotroph  is an organism that cannot manufacture its own food by carbon fixation and therefore derives its intake of nutrition from other sources of organic carbon, mainly plant or animal matter. In the food chain, heterotrophs are secondary and tertiary consumers”. Clever biology dictionary people can be found here if you would like to know more.

These fragile forms emerging from grassy verges are all associated with Oak, Birch and Rowan trees. Micro habitats that form the foundations of the macro habitats. A symbiotic relationship that invites awe and excitement and adds the “fun” to the fundamental knowing that we are just inconsequential in the true macro landscape of our planet. Nature is King and Queen in our kingdom and we need to learn our place. Jenny, I will get excited over Nature with you any time!

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So, attempting to capture this feeling of wonderment I have been working with wood, fibre and paper and exploring the micro in our macro; adjective rather than noun.

Small interventions in the visual arena; paper darkening over time as the tannin seeps into the paper to become bark again.

Man-made product placed in such a way that it becomes part of its original source again. Made whole and more than the sum of its parts. Who am I, to argue with Aristotle?

 

 

 

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