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The act of making paper reflects the continuous circle of deconstruction and construction. In nature and society one observes the same process. By observing the leaves, several images start shimmering: The leaves are attacked, they are deteriorating, they symbolize life and death and they symbolize our society with attacks, shootings and killings. The leaves are lifted out of their normal context and transferred to the refined gampi paper, they stand as witness of the circle of life.
All organisms suffer attacks from viruses, which are everywhere. Virus 1: a cross is visible in the leaf – thought of memories of lived lives. Virus 2: an eaten part is visible in the leaf, looking like a boomerang – no matter whether the leaf is eaten, it will return Virus 3: 3 big holes are visible, looking burnt – association of assassination – a more and more frequent virus in our society.
I found leaves on a walk with Maoris in New Zealand. I pressed and photographed the leaves. The photos were digitally transferred to gampi paper, coloured with plant dye and dried on wooden boards. This drying method leaves striped lines on the finished paper – difficult to see on a photo!
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