Title - Submersible Argonaut
Artist - Jim Toia
Type - Drawing/Mixed Media
Size - 45 x 33 in. (114.3 x 83.8 cm)
Medium - Mushroom spore on ArtSpectrum black paper, framed drawing
About the artist
Over the past decade, Toia has cultivated his interest in mushrooms and the physical capture of their spores. His spore drawings are unique examples of his partnership with nature. Decades ago, he saw his first scientific spore print. In a controlled environment, a mycologist allows a mushroom to drop its spores for the purpose of scientific study. Toia’s spore drawings are deliberately executed under less controlled conditions. His manipulations combined with chance occurrences lead to surprising results and unworldly imagery. Only a few of his numerous attempts pass his rigorous standards of approval for his art.