Philip Ross, ‘Fungal Brick’, Artadia

About Philip Ross

Philip Ross creates research-based artworks that incorporate biological systems, primarily working with varieties of mushrooms and the mycelium they grow on, which he cultivates himself. His interest in mushrooms stems from his childhood observations of them growing in the forests of upstate New York, and then later working as a hospice caregiver during the AIDS crisis, where fungi were used for remedies in alternative therapies. His furniture pieces sprout mushrooms, giving the pieces a life of their own. “In my various projects I show what I find interesting about the natural world, and use the lens of human artifice to achieve a specific focus of that view,” he says.

American, b. 1966