An affinity for fleshy spores runs in the prolonged line of ancestors laid out in a family tree by Jana Paleckova. The Prague-based artist layers classic pictures 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 utterly completely different traits. Much like people,” she says.
In a discover to Colossal, Paleckova says she was prompted to start out out the whimsical enterprise when she was flipping by way of her family’s atlas of fungi. “Czech people are recognized mushroom hunters. It’s pretty widespread for households to exit trying to find mushrooms collectively,” she says. This atlas later served as a reference stage for the 90 small portraits, which consist of the handfuls of traditional pictures that the artist sourced from flea markets, that comprise the sprouted kin.
Paleckova’s physique of work choices a choice of surreal combos, like eggheads, human-spider hybrids, and balloons fashioned like children, all of which you possibly can discover on her site and Instagram.
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