Mycelium RunningMycelium Running Hand molded burnt leather, stuffed with cotton wool, soaked and later hollowed and hardened, presents a mass of organic material, whose process of shaping is as indistinct and complex as its overall form. The presence of the hand in the materiality of Al Ghamdi’s installation is influential, as the pieces themselves are guided by the natural process of both the hand and the leather. One would be forgiven to approach with trepidation, as it is unclear whether these forms are alive or not, of animal or organic substance or simply unidentified. Their positioning allows them to take on a life of their own, multiplying in parts and responsively adapting to the environment they have been allowed to settle in. With pollution rampant, the key to humanity’s future and the safeguard of our planet might be right under our feet, in these raw exposed nervous systems of fungal networks digesting the world we are leaving behind.
By Zahrah Alghamdi