2020 Exhibition > Hawke Franzese

The world around us is always growing and decaying. There are many things that aid in this cycle but one of the main organisms that help with this is the humble mushroom. In my art, I aim to portray these odd but wonderful fungi with both metal and other sculptural materials. Through a wide variety of shapes, colors, and materials, I define the many different types of mushrooms from harmless and edible to very deadly. I use the structure of the fungi and the way that it forms its ever-growing mycelium. With metal I am able to capture specific details that I have carved out of wax, then cast them in metal, which accurately represents and identically matches the details of a real mushroom. I also use clay to sculpt forms of fungi and paint them to be as accurate as I possibly can be. I replicate these forms because they are fascinating organisms that are unworldly and are so different from anything that I have seen before, they can be completely different from each other in look and type with contrasting structures, shapes, and body types. I want these works to capture the eye of the viewer and make them think about the complexity of something that seems so common but has so much more that lies beneath the surface.

Mush Light (off)
Birch,copper and enamel
2' x 2' x 6'
2020
Mush Light (on)
Birch,copper and enamel
2' x 2' x 6'
2020
Family portrait, Toadstool
copper and enamel
2' x 1'
2020
Family portrait, Enoki
copper and enamel
2' x 2'
2020
Family portrait, Shaggy Mane Ink Cap
copper and enamel
2' x 1'
2020
Family portrait, Purple Web Cap
copper and enamel
2' x 1'
2020
Family portrait, Maitake
copper and enamel
2' x 3'
2020
Knuckle Fungus
Bronze
3' x 1'
2020
Shiitake
Copper
5' x 5' x 6'
2019
Faye Box (Closed)
plywood, natural materials, polymer clay
11' x 12' x 12'
2019
Faye Box (Open)
plywood, natural materials, polymer clay
11' x 12' x 12'
2019
Foot Fungus
plaster, polymer clay, mulch
5' x 5' x 6'
2019