Phyllis Ma

Mushrooms and Friends 3


8.5” x 11”
soft cover, staple-bound
32 pages full color on high quality glossy stock
edition: open

Mushrooms & Friends 3 is a collection of intimate portraits of wild mushrooms found during the global pandemic of 2020. Foraged specimens are photographed as surreal still lifes, bathed in multicolored lights.

Familiar gilled mushrooms make appearances, as do mushrooms with more unusual morphologies. Striking examples include a very phallic stinkhorn and its eggs, a puffball with lychee-like texture, and cordyceps sprouting from insect exoskeletons.

Mushrooms and Friends 3

Phyllis Ma is a New York-based artist working in photography and animation. She studied visual arts at Columbia College, Columbia University, as well as printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art and fashion design at FIT.

Her recent works include Special Nothing, a book of travel still lifes, and Mushrooms & Friends, a photography series featuring foraged and cultivated mushrooms.

Phyllis’s work has been profiled in The New Yorker Magazine, The New York Times, It’s Nice That and Sight Unseen. Select commercial clients include Netflix, Vice, Lazy Oaf, SSENSE and A24.