2015 – ∞
(ongoing since 2015; circannually decayed and dried leaf of an amorphophallus konjak or so called voodoo lily; handmade paper; glassed & framed; only for exhibition)
This project is about time and memory. Amorphophallus konjac is a relative of the corpse flower. Because it secretes a clear liquid that drips from the leaves, it is also colloquially known as a “teardrop tree” in Austria. Once a year, it sends out a compound leaf, which dies in the fall and grows back larger after a period of rest. In spring of 2015, I received the plant as a gift. That fall I placed it by our father’s deathbed and the leaf, still green at that time, began to wilt noticeably. The next spring, a new leaf sprouted next to the withered one; from then on, I collected every withered leaf in order to expand it cyclically as a herbarium of time and reminiscence.