April 16, 2013

Entomopathogenic Fungus

Light Grey Art Lab's newest show, Macro + Micro, opens this Friday and I'm proud to be able to contribute a piece! Macro + Micro is a celebration of all things scientific, split into four categories; Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, and Everything Else.

I chose the Everything Else category and jumped at the chance to depict Entomopathogenic Fungus, which is a type of parasitic fungus that infects insects and eventually disables and kills them. The Cordyceps species of Entomopathogenic Fungus is particularly bizarre, as it even affects the behavior and of their insect host.

Fungi is a very strange thing to begin with, but the thought of it inside of you, feeding and growing larger, eventually crushing you from the inside, bursting out of your skin and spreading it's spores to infect others is a truly terrifying thought.

And if that wasn't bad enough, add in the mindless-walking-corpse thing on top and you've got a serious sci-fi horror story.



Kim Murphy said...

Quite impressive and love the artwork!

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