FUNGI are the inspiration for a new exhibition which celebrates our connections to each other and to the natural world.
Entitled ‘Mycorrhizal Connections’, the show, curated by Kinvara Area Visual Artists (KAVA) member Hugh Murphy, will present works by 18 artists. Mycorrhizal fungi form mutualistic symbiotic relationships with plants and trees, without which this network would not survive. Not only do we share almost half of our DNA with these fungi, our future is entirely dependent on their contribution to a healthy planet.
Artists Helen Roberts Greene, Louise O’Boyle, Heather Watson, Roisin Doherty, Deirdre Crowley, Anne Greene, Caoilfhionn Ní Cheallaigh, Maria Donegan, Tonita O’Dwyer, Katie Burke, Toireasa Ward, Emer MacDermott, Megan Lucy, Beatrice Stapleton, Áine Doherty, Hugh Murphy, Herminia Ayala Reyes, Laura Angell all reflect on the connections these phenomenal fungi create, as they draw together all the elements in the natural world. They also explore how we, through our own personal connections, depend on and support those around us. Just as earth relies on mycorrhizae for its survival, we too thrive through our relationships.
The exhibition opens at the Courthouse, Kinvara on Friday (June 17) at 7pm and will be open daily from 11am to 5pm until June 26.