Bay leaf from our last Roman dinner
38 cm | plastic bottle, ice cream box, cheese box, metallic paints | 2018
This bay leaf was an important component of Kornel Szilagyi`s soup he made before the Bohumilvaldens action.
Many inexplicable healings are associated with this bay leaf. According to sources, the relic appeared in Rome twice;
first in 2018 then in 2019. Between the two appearances the bay leaf relic was certainly in Hungary.
The Personal reliquaries series contains 8 pieces however each piece is interpretable individually.
2019: Roman Anzix (Postcards from Rome), Hungarian Academy in Rome, Italy
2018: To see Rome and die – I hope I will survive (An exhibition by Norbert Tóth* – Not the football player,
not the basketball player, not the historian, not the gallerist etc.), Town Concert and Exhibition Hall,
I created the personal reliquaries series during my scholarship in Rome.
These works are about preserving memories and experiences in objects. They are also about the belief in objects,
the time and the stories.
In other words they display the relationship between objects and the communities they originate from;
the relationship between the real and conceptual value attributed to those objects starting with medieval relics.
If an object comes in contact with a person we admire or it plays important part of an event,
it gets charged with energy and it becomes a document of the moment, a material memory and a relic.
Over time the new layers that deposit on the object, makes it even more significant and valuable.
However this filling can completely wear out and can make the once important and valuable
objects worthless and insignificant.
I tried to condense all the experience I had into objectives then I placed these objects in self-made reliquary.
Some people and memories became very important to me in Rome.
I wanted to keep as many memories as possible.
I tried to compress these experiences in objects which i then put into self-made reliquaries.