'The Milky Way: Mushroom Grow' is a collaborative ongoing project in the Paul Henderson Gallery by our artist in residence Diana Puntar with students from Eltham College. Students learn to grow mushrooms by creating an environment conducive for fungi growth. They also sketched and painted mushrooms and will create prints using spores.
Diana has been based in Eltham College since August 2022. Her upcoming solo exhibition titled 'Historical Re-Anachronism, Ultima Romanus' will open on Thursday 27 April 2023 in the Gerald Moore Gallery's Ground Floor space. Keep a look out for the preview invitation!
Diana Puntar is a London based artist and educator originally from New York City. Her cross-disciplinary works includes sculpture, installation, drawing, and printmaking. Puntar's ongoing project 'The Milky Way' combines various utopian inventions and contemporary cultural explorations that seek to relieve humanity of suffering most notably an Orgone Accumulator, a disco floor, and a mushroom garden into a single installation.
She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and BA in Sculpture from The University of Maryland, College Park. She has held teaching positions at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Wilson College, and Pratt Institute. Notable grants include two from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, and a NYFA fellowship.
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