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Untitled (Pleurotus djamor) and more art by Zsófia Jakab

Untitled (Pleurotus djamor), 2021
9 x 9 cm (h x w)
GBP 300
Dried pink oyster mushroom
Resin

I’m interested in exploring humans’ relationship with fungi, the fascinating organisms that remain outside of the boundaries of classification. They are neither plants nor animals, yet they stand somewhere closer to humans. This similarity often causes pathogenic fungi to be extremely difficult to be treated, as they are too similar our body. Biologist Merlin Sheldrake declares that everyone is a “soft-edged” ecology, emphasising the porousness of our body’s boundary.

I’m exploring these ideas to highlight the importance of critical thinking about our relationship with other organisms, both surrounding us and living inside us. I think that anthropocentric thinking is quite harmful to the planet and this kind of research that decentres us would help us realise the harm we are doing to the planet and other beings by proxy; and hopefully change our behaviour on the long run.

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