FOUND FUNGAL LABORERS Churn the forest floor, TAKing THE FOREST APART, SO IT MAY BECOME AGAIN.
Ultimately, Hurst Frye’s work reminds us of the power of deep looking. One can easily lose oneself in her mysterious visual worlds of fungi and ferns, each subsequent consideration of the work yielding a new piece of flora to discover. She also reminds us of the richness to be found from looking downwards and inwards, rather than up and out. “The ground is where we see the immediate evidence of all the action taking place in the forest,” she explains. It is here, where our bodies meet the earth, that we can begin to understand the astonishing complexity of our natural ecosystems, as well as their interconnectedness. Hopefully, Hurst Frye’s work inspires us to see ourselves as not separate from those ecosystems, but rather an important character in their ever-unfolding tales. - Lauren Gallow
In conjunction with the exhibition at J. Rinehart Gallery, an exhibition catalog will be published with an essay written by arts writer and editor, Lauren Gallow, who generously joined me on a stroll through the forest to discuss intent and practice in April, 2022.