Lichen literacy

Mixed media installation (photography, video, book chapter, textiles, assemblage, lighting), Hockney Gallery, RCA, 2019.

Certain species of lichen act as biological indicators of the health of an ecosystem.Through different sensory engagements (audiovisual, haptic) and across multiple scales (micro, macro, human), this mixed media installation invites humans to ‘read’ lichens from a variety of perspectives. A live specimen is included in the installation: Xanthoria parietina growing on a roof tile.

Artistic research comprised archival research in the Lichen Collection at the Natural History Museum, interviews with lichenologists, residential fieldwork with the British Lichen Society at Cober Hill, and a series of participatory workshops in London (pictured below).

Photographic documentation of participatory workshops during WHAT ON EARTH? exhibition at Koppel Project Exchange (2021) and Know Your Home, Royal College of Art (2021).