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Kai Edwards (they/them) is a nonbinary interdisciplinary artist with an appetite for fungi. Their work uses queer ecological theory to explore the uncanny forms that mimic nature and the human body, and the way in which fungal kinship can aid the breakdown of heteronormative values. Kai’s work aims to provide examples of more than human, symbiotic ways of living and a more non-binary existence. Forging relationships between humanity and its interspecies kin through mycelial networks, their work aims to show that mycological systems and fungal familiars provide a pivotal insight into queer ways of living.

During their time at NES, They are exploring the ways in which lichens challenge the idea of the individual, taking inspiration from the beautiful composite organismal world of bio co-operation between fungi and algae.