I found some interesting species of jelly fungi in the wood yesterday, so I picked a few specimens to take away and draw in my studio. The first that I came across was Exidia Glandulosa otherwise known as Black Brain Fungus. It was growing on a branch of a beech tree, and was in reach, so I gently picked off a few pieces.
Exidia Glandulosa or Black Brain Fungus
I find these jelly fungi really intriguing – on the one hand they are repulsive, brain-like, as if from another planet, but at the same time I think they are amazing and I am really excited when I find them.
I decided to make a study of this one, as it looked really strange…I also used a magnifying glass to try to get as many details in as possible.
Neobulgaria pura var. foliacea Beech Jelly Fungus
The same beech jelly fungus in a more shrivelled up state the next day
Auricula Judae or Jew’s Ear Fungus
Another Jew’s ear, but a bit less like an ear than the sample above
I have kept some of the samples that I collected, as apparently they dry out, and can be revived again when moist. I’m going to experiment with this to see if I can revive them so that they also might be used in a cloche as part of my installation.