Fermented Umbilicaria mammulata lichen and dye, abaca fiber, water-based paint
13” x 19” framed print; vessel dimensions vary ~18” x 6”
Intergalactic Naval Gazing is an archive of my encounter with the Umbilicaria mammulata lichen: printed broadsheets with a lyrical essay mix science, historical and personal accounts to describe foraging and processing the plant; thin sheets of handmade abaca paper with lichen resemble and pucker like skin; while, flamework glass vessels filled with the dye call to mind the atmosphere and paradoxically the human body. This work engages a symbiotic species to elaborate on the concept of interspecies dependency.
One of several projects that employs natural dye making as a mode of discovering place through plants.
Create Space Gallery, Cold Spring, NY.