Amanita Muscaria - the red, white dotted mushroom which likes birch and pine trees and the refreshing autumn air - is often associated with fairy, goblins and the forest spirits tales. But are these only tales?
Or can it be a possible symbiosis between man and Amanita Muscaria?
Testimonies of those who have consumed it talk about a dreamy state of being, becoming one with nature, walking into a fairy tale... like Alice in Wonderland. Sightly euphoric.
The mind gets clear and empty...thoughts are fewer than usual...the surrounding becomes peace. The colors are bright and nature takes roots inside oneself...just like in this painting...just like in this mushroom art.
"Likewise (The Alchemists) have said that the fruit of their tree strives up to the heaven (as opposed down toward the earth) because out of the philosophic earth there arises a certain substance, like unto branches of a loathsome sponge...The point about which the whole (Alchemical) art turns lies in the living things of nature...From a likeness not altogether remote they have called this material virgin's milk and blessed rose-colored blood...For in the blood of this stone is hidden its soul."
Theatricum Chemicum Brittanicum
Throughout time, psychic, medicinal and sacred powers were attributed to Amanita Muscaria.
The magic mushroom that changes awareness into a dream, alter the perception of time, spirituality and the whole universe, helping oneself transcend boundaries of time and space.
The mind-altering mushroom that was used to achieve religious revelations, the state of blending senses, a trip to fairy landscapes where anything is possible. Entrancing effects. The entrance key to the spirit world, where the truth lies.
The divine mushroom of immortality - as the Taoists of ancient China would call Amanita Muscaria.
Style: mushroom art, mushroom study
Technique: Oil painting on canvas.
Dimensions: 30 x 40 cm
Artist: contemporary artist, Romanian painter – Stefania Nistoreanu
Price estimate: 200 €