CONVERSATION WITH AU MATT

CONVERSATION WITH AU MATT

AL: How did you begin the mycelium photo series?

AM: The Mycelium series came from my taste for mushrooms and distaste for the camera. I started listening more while trusting the sight less and less.

AL: Trusting the sightless and listening more is a significant shift for lens-based artists. What was your approach after this shift?

AM: During this time, I touched a lot of moss, slime, mud, ice, and tree bark. Three years later, I still have not touched my cameraand this period inspired me to approach image-making practices more meditatively and less violently. 

 

AL: What were you drawn to the most when creating the images?

AL: Working with Circuit-bending office scanners and spending hours (mostly at night) in the forest contact—capturing fungi and moss, it felt like I was sampling the forest somehow. Essentially, I was making images by touching subjects; there was something playful and sensual about the process. 

AL: What made you collaborate with Acceptance Letter on the printer series? 

Working with mycelium, I often waited hours for the fruiting body to release its spores on the scanner bed. Then, the mushrooms created their 1-1 image by themselves and placed it on a 2D surface. Like this printing process, we used touch transfer to put it on the tight-fitting garments. 

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