This series contains ongoing experiments that Bryson is working on within her lab. The petri dishes are mycelium growing on inkjet photographs that have been briefly dipped in agar medium. Most inkjet inks have a complex chemical makeup and even contain some of the same heavy metals found in mine-tailings. In this experiment specific species of mycelium are trained to digest and transform these chemical toxins. At once the photo is overtaken by the mycelium, creating a visual site of transformation, highlighting the agency of the mycelium as well as pointing to how dissolution can provide opportunities for strength and resiliency.
The glass jar experiments contain soil soaked with crude oil collected from a fracking site in Navajo Nation in New Mexico, and Trametes versicolor (turkey tail) mycelium. Slowly the mycelium is consuming the crude oil. This sculpture provides visual and visceral moments to observe this process, and will further provide a resilient strain of turkey tail mycelium that Bryson will grow out to be applied to land pollution at the site of its origin.