THE ART & FUNGI PROJECT
Willoughby Arevalo & Isabelle Kirouac
The Art & Fungi Project is an ongoing series of artistic projects led by artists/facilitators Willoughby Arevalo and Isabelle Kirouac. They create artistic experiences in relation to fungi and how they shape and connect our world growing the interconnections between the community, the land, and its more than human inhabitants.
The land informs our bodies, and our bodies inform the land. We strive to emulate the fungi, whose mycelia create vast underground networks, which interconnect beings across their ecosystems to facilitate communication and exchange. Through creating art that emerges from our encounters with fungal life, we strive to be active participants in our ecosystem, learning, listening, and responding to it.
This project arose as an intersection between the work of Isabelle Kirouac, a transdisciplinary artist, choreographer and educator, and the work of Willoughby Arevalo, a mycologist, visual artist and kitchen wizard. Together, they have been exploring the relationships between art and fungal life for over a decade.
We acknowledge that we are living, playing and learning on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.