Sunday, October 9, 2016

Talk at the Queensland Mycological Society

'Untitled', 2015-16, donna davis. Image courtesy of the artist
I will be presenting a talk this month at the Queensland Mycological Society: Tuesday 11th October at the Queensland Herbarium [FM Bailey Room] @ 7pm.  

The talk will be about my Ipswich Fungi Project; a project that researched and conceptually developed ideas for a new body of interactive artworks inspired by fungi that grow alongside the endangered Swamp Tea-tree population found at the Purga Nature Refuge, Ipswich. 

I will talk about the fungi that I collected in the reserve and also talk about some of the artworks created along the way. The project saw me collect and document fungi that grew in the area each week over a 12-month period; these specimens were identified by the Queensland Herbarium and stored into their collection.  The project itself presented a unique opportunity to study fungi-tree relationships due to the particular habitat containing only one dominant species, the endangered Swamp Tea-tree (Melaleuca irbyana). 

This project has been proudly supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).  The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Ipswich City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.  This project is also supported by the Queensland Herbarium, centre for research and information on Queensland ecosystems, plants and fungi and the Queensland Mycological Society.

Lycoperdon sp. found out at the Purga Nature Reserve. Image courtesy donna davis.
Cyathus stercoreus [Birdsnest fungi] found out at the Purga Nature Reserve, image by donna davis.