3. A Chance to Play
I don't typically make mushroom-themed art. I like that Game of Shrooms gives us artists the singular criteria of having our works be "mushroom themed". This pushes me outside of my normal themes but also gives such a wide range of possibilities that it encourages me to play as an artist. I like to think of Game of Shrooms as a fun and low-stakes art class assignment. You can play with new mediums, explore new forms and techniques, and really immerse yourself in the whimsy of art-making.
2. Pushes You out of the Studio and into the Community
Art abandonment projects like Game of Shrooms help artists connect with their communities. I really like the buzz and excitement in my online community. Artists making mushroom-themed works will share their projects and it's really cool to be participating in the same event as artists in other countries.
Hiding art locally also forces me out of the workshop and out into my physical local community. As a person who prefers to hide, hermit-like, in her studio, Game of Shrooms pushes me reluctantly out into the sunlight. Game of Shrooms provides an avenue for local people to discover my work (both literally and ephemerally!) and gives me a feeling of belonging. I also love giving people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to own handmade art a chance to own something really cool. That feels pretty great!
1. Warm Fuzzy Feelings
Game of Shrooms is the perfect opportunity to bring joy and inspiration through art. By leaving your art for someone else to find, you're participating in a real-life treasure hunt! You get to give someone the joy of both your art and a whimsical adventure! Sharing this experience freely, knowing you're going to brighten someone's day feels really freakin' good! Participating in Game of Shrooms helps to brighten someone else's day and you definitely brighten your own!
Learn more about Game of Shrooms!
If you want to register or learn more about this worldwide art abandonment event, check out the event page here!
The event was started by Daniel "Attaboy" Seifert in 2019 and since then Seifert has maintained the annual artist's registry and event page at https://yumfactory.com/gameofshrooms/