For Martin, mimicking Mother Nature in all her colorful, diverse glory is more than a test of her skills; it’s also an exercise in individual growth. “[The project] serves as a meditative practice inciting creativity and new awareness of natural processes as I learn more about these organisms that thrive amongst us and surrounding our communities,” she writes on her website.
Martin’s nature studies also inform her fiber-art installations, such as Decomposition, a series of works that showcase her knits on both real and reconstructed forest floors.
52 Forms of Fungi isn’t Martin’s first go-around with the fungal kingdom, either. Her nature studies also inform her fiber-art installations, such as Decomposition, a series of works that showcase her knits on both real and reconstructed forest floors.
“When viewed from afar, the knitted pieces appear natural and as though they belong in the installation’s setting,” she says of her pieces, which have appeared in juried exhibitions. “However, on a closer encounter, one finds that the pieces are not real fruiting bodies at all. The delicate knit stitch stands out and draws the viewer in for closer inspection.”
Martin is all too aware of the growing disconnect between modern society and the natural environment. “I am of the belief that connecting to nature in this way is a crucial element to living a fulfilling and present life,” she says. “My hope is that this series excites the same way of thinking amongst its viewers, elevating them to a greater awareness of their surroundings.”
[Via Lost at E Minor]