Monstera Deliciosa | FIKRA GRAPHIC DESIGN BIENNIAL 01
Vinyl adhesive on foam board, plants, and wood base with three-dimensional collage, 2018. Photos : Obaid Mohammed AlBudoor
Fikra Graphic Design Biennial 01: Ministry of Graphic Design
Former Bank of Sharjah Building, Sharjah, UAE
Artistic Directors: Prem Krishnamurthy, Emily Smith, Na Kim
9 – 30 November 2018
Taking its name from a tropical plant common to Brazil, Monstera Deliciosa is a three-dimensional collage built on-site by the artist over the course of one week. The work, whose name translates to ‘delicious monster’, combines found visual material from magazines with living plants. Different from each angle of observation, the living sculpture unfolds in multiple layers as visitors move around it. With this work, Eichner — who has been working for many years as a magazine illustrator — pulls images produced for mainstream media and a plant popular in interior decorating out of their usual roles as mass market goods. By bringing them into a unique spatial coexistence, they can be studied and appreciated as a complex environmental experience.
Manuela Eichner is a visual artist living and working in São Paulo and Berlin. Her practice ranges from videos to performances, collaborative workshops, illustrations, installations, and more. Manuela often departs from mass media images found in magazines, systematically resorting to the principles of collage and rupture. By uprooting these found images from their original commercial purpose and re-shuffling them into new realities, she aims to lay bare their cultural, spatial, and semantic context. (Brazil / Germany)