Fruiting Bodies is an Artist Book in three parts: head, torso and feet. Shaped using the outline of the artist’s body, the human figure is used as a framework to connect the physical world with an inner landscape and the pages within the books represent an ever-changing journey that written language cannot always describe.

Three Artist Books
Fruiting Bodies (2023) by Rosie Vohra. Photo Credit: Adam Wright

The title of the work is inspired by the visible part of a mushroom, known as the ‘fruiting body’. The majority of the fungus exists underground as a web called mycelium, which gathers resources from the environment to nourish the exposed parts of itself. Vohra conceived these books as ‘fruiting bodies’; part of a larger network of being, connected by memories, experiences, family, history, form and picture-making.

In making this Artist Book (a commission for Leeds Arts University using its Special Collections for inspiration), Rosie Vohra considered the relationship between the human and the non-human as a way to think about belonging, identity and storytelling.

In the making of these pages, the artist posed herself the question, ‘Where do you feel this in the body?’ to determine which book (head, torso or feet) the pages should be bound into. The making of each drawing, painting or collage is individually located in a time and space, but bound together they hold a passage of time and meaning, allowing for new associations to be made.

Pages of paintings, drawings and collages which were made individually, hold a passage of time and movement of meaning when bound together. Vohra shares an abstracted and non-linear way of storytelling by inviting the reader to alter the experience and navigate their own responses with each page turn. The six images in the gallery below show each of the three books closed in sequence: head, torso and feet (and then open).

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