Mycelia:Mycelium in the Window Space at The Geoff Wilson Gallery
Window Space Gallery
Toi Te Pito Arts Precinct
51 Raumanga Valley Road
Mycelia:Myceliuim, 2017, detail.
Mycelia:Mycelium, by Angela Carter.
The hidden world of mycelia and mycelium – a large scale hand embroidery.
Opening, 5.00 – 7pm Friday 4 August. Exhibition on until Thursday 7 September 2017
“Hyphae spread widely through soil, rotten wood… feeding on organic remains, accumulating nutrients until conditions internal and external are right for fruiting” – New Zealand Fungi; an Illustrated Guide (1994). Stevenson, Greta. p.1.
Silently absorbing, digesting and converting organic matter in the substratum, strands of Hypha form the masses of Mycelia; entwining, enveloping, spreading in endless growth. Forming a beautiful symbiosis as thread to cloth, or remorselessly devouring and destroying it’s means to life.
The large scale hand embroidery, Mycelia:Myceliuim is a growth stitched into a pair of curtains Angela has used in flats rented in Auckland over the last 20 years. These curtains replaced the often mouldy curtains supplied by landlords, and they have become marked and stained in turn.
Mycelia:Mycelium is an examination of the relationship humans have with fungi, and with each other; a response to the scale of the current housing crisis, where people are forced to compete to rent damp, mouldy, unhealthy homes, and the most vulnerable people in our communities; children, elderly and those on lower incomes suffer the consequences.
This is the first time Mycelia:Mycelium has been shown publicly, and the first project that Angela has undertaken since moving to Whangarei in 2016.
With a diverse practice, connecting installation, theatre, performance and stitch, Angela graduated with a BFA from Whitecliffe College in 2005. She continues to expand her practice while studying biological organisms and social issues, she has a special interest in pursuing sustainable solutions for fashion design and working with young people.
Angela will be presenting an artist talk and facilitating a workshop for children at the gallery.