‘Elucidation’ is a piece intended to retrun the user to a state of innocence and play. An abacus centres the artwork, a simplistic counting device, made from mycelium forms and beads and steel rodding. Set on a low plinth you are invited to sit cross legged, close to the ground. 
 
Pillows have been covered in a screenprinted devore velvet, revealing mycelium root structures. Displaying the cyberntic capabilities of this organism, the intricate webs are immensely fast at distributing data and responding to their environment. The language of this organism is so advanced it may even surpass the logic of human brains. 
 
The canopy of rope surrounding the abacus is knotted, taking inspiration from the ancient Inca Quipu. Quipus are believed to be the only written language of the Inca, acting as censuses, calendars and more, they could be worn by indivduals in a similar way to a belt or skirt. They were an essential part of the Kingdom of Cusco and later the Inca Empire, mainly wiped out by the Spaniards they were in use for ecclesiastical purposes. Many were destroyed, but of those that remain, most are stored in mausoleums. 
 
Multiple cultures across South America look to the power and knowledge carried by plants. A staggering number of plant species, their specific preparatory processes and uses, are known to idegenous tribes in this region. With many promoting the idea that the knowledge came from the plants themselves, through ingestion or otherwise. Religious Ayahuasca rituals are believed to unlock this plant knowledge, furthermore the knowledge of the ‘beginning’ of all things.  
 
Knowledge discovered this way is surprinsingly close to results retrieved through modern molecular biology, these similarities cannot yet be explained by science, although the rituals have been studied. 
 
Science often looks to indigenous tribes for medicines, in use for millenia by these peoples yet new to the western world. 
 
If this is the case then what other knowledge has been overlooked by western leaders? This art piece invites us to get back to basics in order to reevaluate what we know about the world around us, and consider an alternate perspectives. First, through our attitudes towards the humble mushroom, as presented as mycelium structures. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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