Inspired a little bit by Michael Hussar's clown portraits.
Amanita phalloides, commonly known as the death cap is one of the most poisonous of all known mushrooms. It is estimated that as little as half a mushroom contains enough toxin to kill an adult human. It has been involved in the majority of human deaths from mushroom poisoning.
It's mostly white, little bit greenish caps, resemble several edible species.
It has a cap like hat, and a ring like a ruff that is an item of clothing worn in Western, Central and Northern Europe from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century. The round and flat variation is often called a millstone collar after its resemblance to that object.
Mushrooms are some of nature's best chemists, and is easy to make an analogy to the Big Pharma and the skeletons on it's closet, most of the medications treat a disease and open the door for many others, keeping people in a perpetual dependency of it's products.
"...most of the medications treat a disease and open the door for many others, keeping people in a perpetual dependency of it's products."
I feel this way about many industries in current consumeristic cultures. I believe even seemingly innocent services, like self-help or rehabilitation, are guilty of quietly requiring a dependence on their products. I think it unsurprising that this wicked behavior would bleed into other sectors, as we accept industries that are open about it.
I love your work, by the way. Your art says something. Thank you for creating. Thank you for sharing.