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Embark on a psychedelic awakening with some incredible edibles. Commissioned by London Art Centre Somerset House for the bold exhibition 'Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi'.

‘Mushrooms’ borrows from video collage culture and uses neon lighting and polychromatic silhouettes to creatively narrate the experience of two psychedelic sojourners’ trip to the woods.

‘Mushrooms’ is a psilocybin-fuelled mirage

“I was thinking of psychedelia and the era in which a lot of art and films would have been based on experiences with psilocybin,” says Smith-Leverock, speaking of the psychoactive chemical that makes some mushrooms ‘magic’. “I wanted to play with the kitsch elements of that aesthetic,” she continues. “But I was also interested in the science of mushrooms and fungi and looking at them as alien entities.”

Elisha’s unbridled imagination has produced a film that shares the same qualities as mycelium (the building blocks of all mushrooms) in that it grows into a dense network of microscopic visual fibres. The film was released through NOWNESS and featured Photography by Elisha in ANOTHER Magazine in collaboration with its fashion editor Rueben Esser.