NEIL MONTGOMERY

LA GENTE DE LAS SETAS

Artist Residency Sierra Centro de Arte

The world of mushrooms in the Sierras of Andalucía penetrates the very heart of village life, brushing with each of the three motivations that drive the project: an anthropological perspective, culinary curiosity, and the caprice of consciousness. They reveal a network of activity and nourishment that mimics the mycelium from which mushrooms emerge as fruiting bodies. Like mycelium, for the most part, this network remains subterranean, invisible to the naked eye yet fundamental to the structure and dynamism of life. The readily tangible fascination and enthusiasm for mushrooms, although touching everyone with its radiating gills, is a particularly powerful force for the more than few who immerse themselves in the rich culture that surrounds this extraordinary organism.

© Neil Montgomery