We are approaching that time of year, aren’t we? The season of the fungi. (Sounds like the title of a 1950s Sci-fi ‘B’ movie, doesn’t it?
I’m beginning to see fungi all over the allotment. Nibbled at least, like this one, by some hungry critter.
Isn’t it mysterious? Mystical. It’s like an arrow. An arrow within an arrow. And arrows are an aspect of my Below the Line art project.
This is a cross-section of the cap of the fungus. Look at that indigo line separating the inner arrow from the ochre outer arrow. When I broke it open, the blue deepened and spread, like poison fired from a dart. What a fabulous contrast of colour: indigo and ochre.
The outer arrow is made up of rays. Golden rays. Strata. Layered time. This is an extremely sensual and sexual construction.
And you know what? It’s a vesica piscis. The space and shape created when two circles overlap. Also known as a mandorla. It is said to represent the space of the mystic. Images of Christ are sometimes represented within the mandorla, a space where heaven and earth intersect and is neither one nor the other.
I came across this video about the Vesica Piscis, entitled, curiously – The Vesica Piscis Explains Creation and the Arrow of Time, but P.S. I’m just saying it’s interesting; and for me, a bit serendipitous: