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.