Wallpaper Mutation (Venire Alle Mani)

Oak leaves collected around the site of the Chernobyl Power Plant after the nuclear accident in 1986
Munich, Germany
1 shows: exhibition history

In their issue #48/1989, the German newspaper DIE ZEIT published an article about the ongoing research of Russian scientist Vladimir Shevchenko into the effects of the nuclear fallout after the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. Shevchenko submitted a photograph showing mutations in oak-leaves he had  collected around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant shortly after the nuclear accident in 1986.

I took this newspaper-image as a template to create a stamp showing the silhouettes of the different leaf-formations.

Seen from a distance, the wallpaper-pattern resonated well with the view from the window into the tree canopy. Close-up, one saw that the wallpaper was made out of hand stamped paper, green on off-white. The stamps showed oak-leaves in two lines beneath each other.