An artist with a taste for exotic mediums, Corey Corcoran delicately etches designs into fungi. Using the Artist Conk mushroom (Ganoderma applanatum) as his canvas, his pieces range from 6-24'' and are covered in images ranging from microbes to celestial bodies. Corcoran explores the interconnectedness between the micro and macro level with great detail, and like early pictograms, the carvings use an element of nature to express forms of life; human figures and body parts float alongside insects and plants, and images move into one another to remind the viewer that they are part of a broader ecosystem.
Boston-based illustrator forgoes the traditional paper or canvas for the underside of a giant mushroom. His organic backdrops allow for a sculptural quality to his work, each pierced piece taking advantage of the structure of the fungus. Appearing as a cross between folk art and classic book illustration, each composition seems to be telling a story where humans and the environment intersect. By choosing a the Artist Conk, Corcoran not only highlights his own skill, but the often overlooked beauty of a fascinating organism.