Venue: Hotel Tino-St Stefan, Ohrid, Macedonia
Fungi and lichens are the most dominant medium in the twenty-two mixed-media artworks on display. The visual language is symbolic and lyrically-expressive. Visually-arresting or endangered species from Macedonia have been applied, coupled by rare or endemic species from the USA, South America, the subtropical part of Australia, the Arctic and even Antarctica. A large body of work has been created on fungal paper and pulp handmade by the author while some paintings have been done on mycofoam - biomaterial manufactured from fungal mycelium and agricultural residues. Fungi and lichens have been sourced from dry collections or via personal field research, in cooperation with both the Macedonian Mycological Society from the Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics in Skopje and overseas scientists. The scientific name and geographic provenance are included in the description of each art piece. Sustainability comes first, the hope being that prudent use of fungi specimens in an art context will also contribute for awareness-raising of these often overlooked but indispensable and simultaneously fascinating organisms.