This project explores the world of fungi, the Reishi mushroom, Oyster mushrooms & medicinal plants such as Lavender, Sage, Lemon Grass and Cress. The Reishi mushroom is featured because of it's fascinating histories; in asian culture, the Reishi was named the 'mushroom of immortality' or 'the elixir of life' because of it's medicinal benefits to fight off illnesses and boost your immune system.
This mushroom boosts the amount of macrophages in your white blood cells which fight infections, and believed for thousands of years to prolong your life if you consumed this fungi. This installation explores the ideas of medicinal medicine, nature in a concrete environment, the human body becoming intertwined with nature and questioning our relationships with the invisible world.
Using the body as a landscape, Mellissa exhibited the installation 'Immortal Ground' at Central Saint Martins, MA Art & Science degree show titled, 'Unfolding Realities' from the 25th-29th May 2016.
This project has been kindly supported by The Espresso Mushroom Company.
'Immortal Ground' is an evolving installation which grows an ecosystem of medicinal plants which explore the ideas of immortality. The Reishi mushroom in particular is known in Asian culture for being 'the mushroom of immortality'. This was a first showing of this installation, created in the concrete environment at the front of Central Saint Martins in Kings Cross for the MA Art & Science degree show 'Unfolding Realities', May 2016.
Unfolding Realities Central Saint Martins, MA Art & Science Degree Show 2016.