Chris Drury Amanita Phalloides, 2006


Death Cap spore print at centre of radiating lines of hand-written text


Artist’s black card, white ink

50 x 50 cm



Chris Drury Amanita Phalloides has at the centre of Artist’s black card, the mushroom’s spore print. Around it, he has written ‘Amanita Phalloides ‘over and over again in white ink.

This is one of the most poisonous mushrooms there is. The spore print in the centre is taken from a Death Cap mushroom. This fungus contains three active poisons: amatoxins, phallotoxins, and virotoxins for which there are no antidotes.

Mushrooms feed you, alter your mind, are medicinal and can kill you. They are nature’s recyclers, breaking down dead matter into soil on which new life can grow. As such they represent life, and death as transformation.

About the artist

Chris Drury is a key exhibitor in GroundWork’s exhibition Natures Mysterious Networks. He is an artist with an enormous international reputation and long experience making art in, with and about nature. Chris normally travels a great deal. He responds to diverse requests for exhibitions, collaborations, installations and site specific works outside.

Chris describes himself as an environmental artist. He makes site specific nature based sculpture, or land art. His work connects different phenomena in the world, opposites and contrasts. Specifically he works between nature and culture, inner and outer space and microcosm and macrocosm. Often he collaborates with scientists and technicians from a broad spectrum of disciplines. He is prepared to use whatever visual means, technologies and materials best suit the situation.

Recent projects include a residency at The Nirox Foundation in The Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, working with paleontologists, geologists and anthropologists,  a British Antarctic Survey residency in Antarctica, a work for the Australian National University in Canberra and an exhibition about place, ecology and politics at The Nevada Museum of Art called Mushrooms|Clouds.