lembrança do lugar onde nunca estive
egg tempera on paper, partly painted with pigments processed from jacaranda flowers, seeds of a jacaranda tree sewed in cotton
32,2 x 45,4 cm, 27,4 x 23,3 cm

I collected flowers fallen from jacaranda trees in the streets of Lisbon and processed/transformed them into pigments. Their intense lila faded into green-brown as seen in the branch of the painting. The transformation of the color and the collection of seeds picture the magical potential of natural change and renewal, but also the colonial act of plant immigration and stories of deplacement. The jacaranda tree keeps on sharing its own  memory with us in a beautiful way- whenever it blooms. This happens in Portugal twice a year, in spring and in autumn- when it is spring in its land of origin, Brazil.