An affinity for fleshy spores runs in the lengthy line of ancestors laid out in a household tree by Jana Paleckova. The Prague-based artist layers vintage images with playful oil work of spindly enoki or ribbed chanterelle, creating hybrid characters brimming with fungi-fueled personalities. “There are a lot of varieties of mushrooms, all of which have completely different traits. Similar to individuals,” she says.
In a notice to Colossal, Paleckova says she was prompted to start out the whimsical venture when she was flipping via her household’s atlas of fungi. “Czech individuals are identified mushroom hunters. It’s fairly widespread for households to exit searching for mushrooms collectively,” she says. This atlas later served as a reference level for the 90 small portraits, which consist of the handfuls of classic images that the artist sourced from flea markets, that comprise the sprouted kin.
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