It takes true creativity to see beauty in the most peculiar things. Things like mould for example. But, as the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. While many wouldn’t take a second look at this repulsive subject. These 5 artists did that and more, creating extraordinary artworks that use different kinds of mould as the medium; or simply an inspiration.
In Klaus Pichler’s One Third series, mouldy food becomes a beautiful, yet thought-provoking symbol. Precisely related to human wastefulness, when it comes to produce.
Heikki Leis’ Afterlife is a book collecting photos of a variety of moulds. It truly showcases the intricacies; and in the most unexpected of ways, how beautiful this subject can appear to the eye. It’s a captivating and surprising work of art.
Dasha Plesen grows different mould and bacteria combinations in petri dishes, and then photographs them. Presenting a more abstract – and way less pessimistic – take on mould. It portrays the hidden beauty of this phenomenon.
Kathleen Ryan takes the less organic route. Her large fruit sculptures are beaded with gemstones in a way that imitates the decaying process. Much like in Elin Thomas’ case, which juxtaposes the ugliness usually associated with mould, to the aesthetically pleasing medium she uses.
Antoine Bridier-Nahmias’ approach is more science-oriented. He experiments with different conditions in which he grows mould. Thus, creating a variety of pieces in his series titled Magical Contamination.
Mould Art serves as a reminder, that what makes a great artist, is their ability to see what others often cannot. No matter the medium of choice, creativity comes from within. It’s about breaking through the mainstream narration and looking at the world with openness and curiosity.