Alexis Williams


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Circadian Sounds, 2016

Sound (click on image to hear)

Circadian Sounds is a time lapse sound scape made of samples of bird song, frog calls and insect activity over a week. The samples are layered and compressed so each second represents an hour. The piece exposes the daily rhythms of life over a springtime week in Ontario.



Infamous Fungus, 2015

Paintings and text (click on image to see and read)

Infamous fungus is an ongoing book project. These paintings are experimental illustrations made in Peru while on residency at the Sachaqa Art Center in the Amazon Jungle.


Puddles of Living Light II, 2015


Cameraless photographs of fireflies taken by letting fireflies walk on photo paper.


Micrographia, 2014

Online publication
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Extending our scope of sight with Science, Art and magic.

A consideration of the rolls of Science and Art accompanied by photo-microscopy.


Mushroaming with the Artist, 2013

This unusual guided hike through the Morgan Arboretum hosted by The/Le Sensorium taught appreciation and encouraged inspiration by the mycology of the forest. Participants were invited to step off the path where the group experienced making decisions with intuition and their senses, using an arsenal of art and science tools to see, smell and taste the forest from new perspectives. Alexis introduced he public to the world of fungus, facilitated conversations about their forms and life cycles and described and illustrated some of the practical uses and industrial applications of mushrooms and fungi including her own dye and ink making practice, as well as her printing and cultivation projects.

Alexis uses the act of exploring the forest as a pilgrimage to unveil truths about biology and our place within the ecology of the earth and the ecology of our own bodies. As a mycological artists she aims to work against mycophobia, to encourage appreciation and to increase acceptance and support of new innovation and integration of mycotechnologies into society. By showcasing mushrooms in her work as wondrous, powerful but controllable forces she hopes to invite her viewers to take an interest in mycology and new mycological trends.

pudles of light



Puddles of Light, 2013

Bioluminescence is the production of cold light by a living organism. It is a natural form of chemiluminescence that occurs in marine creatures, microorganisms and terrestrial animals. These white orbs were produced by exposing photographic paper with puddles of living bioluminescent bacteria in salt water harvested from a squid and cultivated by the artist in a simulated marine environment. The common bacteria live in many sea animals and are present in most sea food. The organisms light up when disturbed, like when applied to light sensitive paper with a syringe. The puddles of living light produced black orbs on the photographic paper, which were then used as negatives to print these inverted images.


butterfly dust



Road Kill Lepidoptery, 2012
Butterfly dust on cotton

The action of road kill lepidoptery is one of quiet meditation, reflection on death and beauty. It is a pilgrimage that requires one to walk slowly and to bow into half prostrations every few steps. The practice encourages magical thoughts of looking and finding similar to the magical manifestations observed while collecting mushrooms that demonstrate that there is much more beauty around us that we do not observe unless we train our eyes to see it. Nothing can be found without seeking it out and that much more wonderful things can be found if one is open to noticing them. Walking along 1 km of highway, I collected over a thousand dead butterflies.



Submarine Pompeii, 2012
Video (click on image to see)

A video remixing project where Montreal artist Alexis Williams created a video Haiku from David Attenborough films every day for 30 days.

I am writing poetry in a style that is mostly understood in my culture as simply being Japanese and having syllabic restraints. Since syllables themselves are defined differently in Japanese and in English, the interpretation of an English haiku often gets hung up on this ..


Garrison Creek Rubbings, 2012

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Graphite rubbings of remixed brass memorial tiles in Trinity Bellwood Park, Toronto of the fish that lived in the creek before it was filled in with the land extracted to build the subway system. The creek still exists under the park as a storm water sewer.





Nature Morte, 2012

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Gytotaku fish prints on hand made Japanese paper.

This series of editions of monoprints are made with real fish and real birds. A technique traditionally used by Japanese fisherman to accurately record their catches with out compromising their marketability.



Dharma: Everything Survives by Going Round in Circles, 2011

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24 Digital prints on mulberry paper hand written text in mushroom ink

Digitally manipulated macro field photographs of Canadian mushrooms




Mycography, 2008-11
Spore prints on glass

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These wild mushroom spore samples were taken carefully to preserve the shape of the mushrooms, a method traditionally used in species identification and cultivation. I collect hundreds of wild mushrooms every day to use in my spore prints on glass.  My favorites are large scale multi-layered pieces, which are impossible to photograph because they are reflective. These images are scans of prints small enough to fit on the scanner bed.



Phone Books to Mushrooms, 2011

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Discarded phone books were pasteurized and used as a substrate to grow gourmet, medicinal and
glow in the dark mushrooms. The books were used as bricks to build living sculptures in community
gardens and music festivals that provided food for the communities they served.

Originally commissioned by the Ottawa Art Gallery, the project won several grants including the
Om Reunion Project Art Grant, The Ottawa Awesome Foundation Grant and The Mechatronic
Award for Innovative Excellence.




Norbert, 2009

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Norbert is a stop animation of a deer whose skeletal remains were still held together by tendons allowing his joints to be articulated. With hind legs stretched out, and no front legs at all Norbert resembled an eight-foot human with deer head. ...