Archive II: Regeneration

Virtual Exhibition

Mary Giles Gallery • November 1, 2023 – January 3, 2024

Fungal lore and knowledge have been passed along since ancestral cultures. In recent years, fungi have been in the spotlight in the research and innovation of human well-being and environmental remediation with a growing realization of the existing interspecies entanglements. Raíz Symbiotisk’s curatorial motivation was to delve into this subject and research art practices in the intersection of science and technology, with a keen interest in the human, non-human, and post-human.

Archive II: Regeneration is the second part of the exhibition and public program that highlights local and national artists whose practices intersect fungi and textiles. Raíz Symbiotisk has been investigating the ways fungi are utilized in textiles both literally and metaphorically. Multiple symbolisms can be extracted from fungi, of life and death, of the boundaries of the human, and of new ways of thinking and collaborating. Fungi embody interconnected and supportive communities. Examples of these intersections include:

  • Sustainability innovation / symbiotic and parasitic relationships between fungi and natural fibers
  • Dye and pigment extracts
  • Fungal imagery, references, and history

About the Curators

Raíz Symbiotisk,  an artist-curator duo that teams up Emma Wood and Pamela Vázquez, have a symbiosis in their shared curiosity for fungi as seen from both an interdisciplinary artistic practice and from a research/archive perspective. This exhibition is the second of two exhibits in 2023, planned as part of their 2022-2023 Emerging Curators Institute’s Fellowship.

Pamela Vázquez (she/her) is an art historian, curator, producer, and interdisciplinary artist from Mexico. Vázquez has collaborated in the production of public art events and in curatorial projects shown locally and outside the region. In 2022, she coordinated the Mexico in Minneapolis Folk Arts Residency through the Weisman Art Museum and the Arts and Cultural Affairs department of the City of Minneapolis. Since 2021, she has been part of the production team of the winter, on-ice art festival, Art Shanty Projects.

Emma Wood (they/them/hen) is a nonbinary, Swedish-American arts facilitator and interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in the intersections of mycelium and glass. Their work with ephemeral forms and bridging mediums explores temporality, identity, and connection through science and art. They were a 2021 Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Franconia Sculpture Park and an Emerging Artist-in-Residence at FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts in 2021. Wood and a team of collaborators hosted an art shanty at Art Shanty Projects in 2022.

Textile Center is pleased to support the curatorial fellowship of Raíz Symbiotisk, in partnership with the Emerging Curator’s Institute.

(Featured image: details from Fungi Symbiosis, Julie Beeler, Madre Fungi (Mother Fungi), Lucero Paniagua Ortuño, and Moss No.1, Kelly Wilson, Archive II: Regeneration)

In the Galleries - Textile Center

Lucero Paniagua Ortuño

Lucero Paniagua Ortuño‘s (she/her) work delves deep into the extraction of pigments, dyes and the traditional techniques of the pre-Hispanic colonial era and the ways in which they are used by master craftsmen. Her research has focused primarily on practices within the states of Michoacán, Oaxaca, and Morelos. She explores colors, fibers and supports, working in a pictorial way and taking up implicit historical symbolisms in each pigment. Paniagua Ortuño creates pigments and dyes extracted from; achiote (achiote); azafrán (saffron); cempaxúchitl (marigold); grana cochinilla (cochineal); curcuma (turmeric); muicle (honeysuckle); jamaica (hibiscus); palo de brasil (brazilwood), along with vegetable and mineral binders.

Recent work has been featured in CLUES gallery (St. Paul, MN), El Centro Morelense de las Artes (CMA; Morelos Center for the Arts), the Museum of the City of Cuernavaca (MUCIC) and the 90º Fast Gallery (Mexico City). She was part of the 2022 Mexico in Minneapolis Folk Arts Residency organized by the Weisman Art Museum and the Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy.

Paniagua Ortuño lives and works in Morelos, Mexico.

Madre Fungi (Mother Fungi)
Yarn, natural dyes, wooden frame
Crochet, machine and hand stitching

Julie Beeler

Julie Beeler is a designer, artist and educator with a deep love and curiosity for the natural world. She created the Mushroom Color Atlas to grow her work and passion to benefit what she values most: curiosity, education, creativity, collaboration, community, and the environment. It has been recognized internationally in publications including The Mushroom, Surface Design, Popular Science, Tauko, Seattle Times, and the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. She has been featured with a profile on Oregon Art Beat.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and featured in the UK’s Embroidery magazine. For seven years, she was on the faculty of the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, and is a teacher at Wildcraft Studio School in Portland. She co-founded and led Second Story, an interactive design studio in Portland where her work focused on interpretive, editorial, and educational content. Beeler has created experiences that support cultural vitality with a commitment to preservation and conservation for many of the world’s greatest museums and cultural institutions, to connect their audiences to the world of ideas in more personalized, powerful, and lasting ways. When she is not out foraging, you can find her tending to her flower farm Bloom & Dye, working in her art studio, or leading workshops.


Fungi Symbiosis
Wool fabric, cotton embroidery thread
Hand stitching, mushroom dyeing

The piece was constructed directly from nature and is imbued with color derived from foraged fungi, slowly stitched, to reveal symbiotic relationships and the passage of time. The threads are bound to the landscape and weave the textile into patterns and forms drawing on the underlands that connect each of us to the natural world.

Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson (she/her) is a queer textile artist living in Minneapolis. She began crafting at a young age after being taught by her grandmothers to knit, sew, and crochet, among other crafts. Her primary practice is knitwear garments that utilize traditional knitting techniques to explore the relationship between craft and gender and sexuality. As a queer woman, her multi-media textile pieces honor and challenge the assumption that textile art is “women’s work.” Wilson’s pieces have been featured locally at the American Swedish Institute, Squirrel Haus Arts, and now Textile Center.


Moss No.1
Acrylic and wool yarn, monks cloth, upcycled sweatshirt
Rug tufting, latch hook, embroidery

Moss Säng
Acrylic and wool yarn, monks cloth
Rug tufting, latch hook, embroidery

The piece was commissioned for Emma Wood’s installation Fluidity: Swedish Identity in Glass at The American Swedish Institute in 2023.