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This is Seri Robinson’s interview.
What inspires your work?
I’m really fascinated by parergonal aesthetics–that fungi are organisms so reviled in certain settings (think black mold in bathrooms), but are generally so innocuous. I enjoy forcing the viewer to confront their preconceived notions of fungi through the use of spalted wood for functional art. I primarily utilize fungi in my work, often with wood as a medium. Two intertwining processes drive me – a return to natural ornamentation techniques and the promotion of parergonal aesthetics. Wood, as a traditionally functional material, holds a unique place within human emotions. The use of fungi and natural decay processes not only creates ornament (instead of dyes and stains), but challenges perceptions of functionality. Decay fungi are generally disdained, but wood is held in high regard. The meeting of both can create emotional conflict and challenges the viewer to reevaluate their position on functional wood and natural ornamentation processes. My current work involves the development of colored pigments on wood by mold fungi. As molds are some of the most reviled fungi in the world, their use in functional art is controversial and challenges our core assumptions on toxicity, functionality, and understanding of the natural world.
How would you describe your art style?
Traditional, but in a tradition that has been all but lost to time.
Are there any artists that have inspired you or influenced your work?
The work of Mel and Mark Lindquist have been primary influencers of my work. Their pioneering studio woodturning redefined the art and the concurrent use of spalted wood is the basis for much of my current work.
Which kind of art do you prefer?
I prefer scultpure because I like to get my hands dirty, and I just can’t think in 2D. Clay, wood, or stone, give me sculpture any day.
Where can people find you and your work?
Where can we purchase your work?
Through my website.
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