A leaf in the pocket
Estabelecimento Prisional do Porto, Matosinhos 2022
© Photo credits: Filipe Braga
Outdoor acrylic paint on wall.
Total dimensions: 3,22 x 37,80 m.
Instalation view of A leaf in the pocket - Project "windows to the world", Estabelecimento Prisional do Porto [Porto Prison Establishment], (Custóias) Matosinhos. From August to November 2022, as part of the Educational Service program from Contemporary Art Museum of Fundação de Serralves, Porto.
A leaf in the pocket* takes the ivy as the central element to reflect upon idealizations and lost landscapes, obsessions and desires for escapism. It goes back to the universe of the German artist Kurt Schwitters (1887 – 1948), who had already been a reference and a fictional character in the project A Garden at Night (2019 - 2020) to find a motto for a new chapter. This time, the starting point is an episode of Schwitters on the Hutchinson Camp, on the Isle of Man: while he was waiting to be released he would find evasion through his memories of Norwegian landscapes.
The mural painting "A leaf in the pocket" (2022), was commissioned by the Serralves Foundation, Porto, within the scope of their project ‘Windows to the World’ and carried out at the Porto Penitentiary Institution (Custóias), Matosinhos.
* There is a tradition in the Anglo-Saxon folklore in which an ivy leaf is used as a talisman, a symbol that seals a commitment through a kind of a game: a boy or a girl puts a leaf inside their own pocket (or next to the chest, according to some variants) and sings a song that states that the next person who talks to them will become their husband/wife. A love guessing game, which actually signals the projection of a desire.