The Lichen Dinner Service
Lichen a quiet fascination for many of us, seen on walks about town, in the bush and your own garden. Many lace like, dangly shapes and colours of growth are often right next to each other. There are present in bold yellow oranges with subtle turquoises through to verdant greens. They are a painter’s delight. I’ve researched lichen growth and have even visited the Lichen specialist at Te Papa in Wellington.
My favourite two discoveries are not the various names, as I would never remember those but that lichen is the combination of two organisms together – a fungi and algae, neither can survive on its own. And the second discovery is that Beatrix Potter was a mycologist and had a paper titled “On the Germination of Spores of Agaricineae” presented to Linnaean Society in London by her Uncle (women were not allowed to in 1897). In that publication Potter suggests this symbiotic relationship between fungi and algae. This theory was dismissed and was not proven until 1939.
The ‘Lichen Dinner Service’ is a ceramic dinner setting which sprigs of lichen and fungus found growing across trees, rocks, footpaths and buildings with traces of traditional tableware patterns.
Viewing until Friday, 16th February
Due to the hand made nature of these works please note that all dimensions are approximate
Works in Situ: