Book: Wood Wide Web

  • Ella Chedburn

I made a book combining all of my research about trees and fungi into one single narrative. It merges science, digitisation, and mysticism. The book was displayed in a collaborative exhibition, BOOKish, at Stanley Picker Gallery in November 2019. The writing is printed in a small modern font, giving the narrative s a quiet yet matter of fact tone. The entire narrative is in lowercase except for a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end, creating one long, meandering sentence which seamlessly blends fact with fiction. The book begins with “trees have long thoughts, long breathing and restful”, implying that the one long sentence of the book mimics one long thought of a tree. The book ends with the same phrase, making the book cyclical. This cyclical element mimics nature’s cycles, but is also an eerie reminder of one of the earlier pages of the book, describing a wives tale where people who step inside mushroom rings are forced to run in circles around them for eternity.