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#Ann Wood#fungi#mushrooms#paper

In Intricate Detail, Ann Wood Sprouts Myriad Mushroom Sculptures from Paper

June 6, 2024

Kate Mothes

a collection of realistic paper mushroom sculptures in a variety of colors and shapes

All images © Ann Wood, shared with permission

From delicate gills and colorful caps to plump stems with remnants of soil stuck to the bottoms, Ann Wood’s elaborate fungi look like they were just plucked from the ground, but these stunning specimens are made entirely from paper (previously).

Wood has always been interested in working with the medium, and about ten years ago, she began making realistic plants. “At first, I looked at photographs and botanical illustrations to understand specimens,” she tells Colossal. “It became clear quickly that I needed to have real plant material to examine. I think it is the only way to truly understand the parts and how to sculpt them.” Only within the last year has Wood begun crafting mushrooms, carefully cutting tiny strips of paper or utilizing its inherent pulpiness to create fuzzy details.

Fungi is impossible to keep looking fresh for the week-or-so it takes to complete each piece, so the artist takes some minor liberties with color or texture but attempts to stick to nature as much as possible. “I often wake up in the morning with new ideas—new ways to use (the material) in a way that makes the mushrooms look real,” she says. “There’s an endless amount of things that could be created. I want to make one of everything.”

Wood works alongside her husband, fellow artist Dean Lucker, as Minneapolis-based studio WoodLucker. Find more on Instagram, where she often shares wonderful videos highlighting each specimen’s distinctive qualities.

a collection of realistic paper mushroom sculptures in a variety of colors and shapes

two side-by-side images showing realistic paper mushroom sculptures in a variety of colors and shapes

a blue, lifelike mushroom made entirely of papera collection of realistic paper mushroom and flower sculptures, centered around a large pink specimen, in a variety of colors and shapes

a sculpture made of paper depicting a group of mushrooms growing from a base of soil

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realistic yellow paper mushroom sculptures attached to a log, with emphasis on their gills

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