Untitled, mold on wood hermetically sealed by acrylic glass, variable dimensions. 2016-2018

Silas Inoue Noma

Installation view, Noma Copenhagen, 2018

Infrastructure, clear acrylic, wood, palm leaves, mold, aluminum respiratory system, 93x70x35 cm. 2018

Infrastructure, bronze, clear acrylic, wood, palm leaves, plant seeds, mold, and concrete 130x50x40 cm. Face of another at Galleri Susanne Ottesen 2018. 

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Infrastructure, bronze, clear acrylic, wood, palm leaves, plant seeds, mold and concrete 89x71x51 cm. Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles 2018



Through the establishment of ideal living conditions for mold fungus, the Mold series explore the aesthetics and lifespans of mold, by giving artistic authorship to the organisms, their unpredictability and invasive properties. In most environments there exist several hundreds of different mold species. Being one of nature’s most profound decomposers, they play an important role in the continuous cycle between growth and decay of any given ecosystem.


The works in the Infrastructure series comprise internal compositions of organic and synthetic materials, specially made for mold growth. On top of the acrylic glass tanks, bronze and aluminum figures are provided with mold protection masks. These respiratory systems add air to the organisms, while preventing the spores and mycotoxins from entering the outside space. There exist certain similarities between the compositions and an imaginary cityscape. The title of the Infrastructure series encourages this interpretation. But it can also be understood in a more biological sense; the various fungal species inhabiting the works are in constant competition with each other, and their roots connect in a complex micro cosmos, helping their own kin.