oil, ink, lacquer, liquid asphalt, liquid rubber and adhesive tape on paper
42 cm x 29.7 cm each
The term “Jammerthal” appears in numerous German-language texts, especially from the Baroque period. It expresses a dual concept of the world. Earthly life is understood as a condition characterized by misery, darkness, and suffering, contrasted with the promise of salvation in a heavenly paradise. The “Jammerthal Erasures” are a literary foray through this dichotomical occidental thinking, between the lamentation of this world and the hope of the hereafter, between suffering and salvation. The basis for this are facsimile scans of book pages from the 15th century onwards, on which the term “Jammerthal” appears. Using the technique of erasing a large part of the text, by crossing out with ink, oil, varnish, liquid rubber, liquid asphalt and adhesive tape, new contemporary poem-like texts are created that were already contained on the old pages as latent layers of meaning. In an archaeology of intellectual history, ideologies are broken open from the perspective of the present, hidden contents are brought to light, and new meanings are constructed.