Free-floating – 2017

Free-floating
Scobys (Symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), pig intestine, fish flies, wild cucumbers and other materials
Variable dimensions
2017
Photo credit – Kira Koop


Free-floating (detail), image credit – Kira Koop


Free-floating (detail), image credit – Kira Koop


Free-floating (detail), image credit – Kira Koop


Free-floating (detail), image credit – Kira Koop

Free-floating – Heather Komus

Free-floating investigates symbiosis, the surprising similarities between very different species and the interconnections between all species. The closer we look at the natural world, space seems to expand to reveal infinite layers of detail. Magnification can challenge our preconceived notions and associations of certain species: delicate plants are as hairy as mammals and free-floating colonies consisting of many organisms move like a single plant or creature. I am fascinated by fungi and free-floating colonies like graptolites that have characteristics of both plants and animals. Free-floating consists of scobys (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), wild cucumbers and fish flies to reference the complex relationships in ecosystems.