Fruitful Bodies

Fruitful Bodies

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Here, a human form is displayed crawling towards an open window in the gallery. Failing to escape, she collapses in situ and her flesh transmogrifies. Fruitful Bodies is a sculpture made by growing a Black Reishi mushroom into a female figure without a head or hands. Lacking these appendages, the victim cannot be identified. This could be any one of the multitude nymphs, dryads, orades, or naiads that have suffered the same fate. In myth, the only defense these demigods possess is to relinquish their ichor, the power of divinity that flows in their veins. Under duress, they metamorphose into a natural formation, a stream, a stone or a species of tree, to avoid predation. This process is permanent and their sacrifice extinguishes any agency they once possessed. Specifically, these transformed feminine bodies become resources for human consumption. The grotesque composition of their Fruitful Bodies offers an allegory for western civilization’s cultural domination over nature, to wit, the ubiquitous pattern of extractive policies towards nature through the commodification of women’s bodies.