Experimental, symbolic 3D art created by Xiaojing Yan incorporates a rich history of Chinese culture, the artist’s personal experiences settling in Canada, and current environmental issues like climate change. A recent medium she has been focusing on is the lingzhi mushroom - a type of mushroom with a rich cultural history and unique properties.
She shares what makes this distinctive fungus so important, being rare and with unique properties that have long been utilized in Chinese traditional medicine. The artist’s lingzhi mushroom sculptures are technically ‘alive’. This unique bio-art experiment is in part sculpted by the workings of nature (as shown in the image below). Xiaojing explains more.