Work In Progress: Lichen Series

Last winter, I launched the photos and video of installing my newest piece in the Lichen Series in Nisene Marks State Park. Since then, the piece has been installed at the UCSC Arboretum and also on display during Open Studios. Now, I’ve started to reconfigure the pieces from this series into new wall pieces.

This series is about death and regrowth- how the mushrooms, fungus and lichens grow where there is decay, allowing for something new to come from something old. I have been arranging the ceramic pieces to mimic the spore patterns left by mushrooms I’m hoping to mount them onto old redwood planks. The planks will be assembled to hang on a wall with the spore patterns of clay attached. In the studio, I started with whatever plywood ware boards I happened to have around to see if this idea was going to be visually interesting. Next steps are to find the right wood and arrange the pieces securely to the wood.

Here’s an image of what I’m playing with, let me know what you think…

Work in Progress: Lichen Series | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

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