Elvira van Bochove

ELVIRA VAN BOCHOVE  Transmitting through art

Lemons Performance


Charge your life with magic - practical and easy.

The Wonderslices are a series of objects made from lemonslices and mixed media, framed between glass with stainless steel fittings, in a wooden foot.

These Wonderslices are created to work on specific areas. For example, if a person is taking on a new adventure in life in the coming year, the Success Slice could enchant that path, sprinkle it with opportunities and self-confidence. The Transition Slice would be a very thoughtful present to support somebody letting go of a habit she or he wants to get rid of…

There are seven Slices: Welfare, Fertility, Strength, Communication, Success, Love and Transition.
Every slice is ritualy prepared and dried using ancient as well as experimental techniques to enhance particular energies.

How to make it work: Stand in front of the Slice whenever you want it to charge you. Make sure direct celestial light is shining through the glass upon you (sunlight, moonlight, stars/planets/comets). For as long and as often as you want to. You can also put the Slice in front of a window. The light will continuously flow through the lemon and soak your home in its magic.

Note: Direct sunlight will always transform anything. It will at some point change the colour and appearance of the Wonderslice.

A truly magical gift.
Let me know which one is for you.


Sun / life!


Moon / tides


Mars / battle 


Mercury / flow


Jupiter / greatness


Venus / beauty


Saturn / boundary 

In this video you can see me preparing the lemons used for making the Wonderslices.


Peaceful Unity

Fastfood restaurant “Snackbar Herenstraat” 

The exhibition “Galerie Tuinstaal” took place in the Tuinstaaldistrict in Leiden, (the Netherlands). Artworks were placed at retailers in the highstreet.

Peaceful Unity  

orrery – 9 lemons & mixed media110 cm diameter

“Peaceful unity” consists of 9 lemons that circle around and influence each other and the surroundings. 
The structure of the orrery is as follows:
The center is Optimism. 
In orbit around it are Empathy, Wisdom and Trust.
Communication, Morality, Flexibility, Openness and Generosity form the outer circle.

The work was created in the period just after the attack on Brussels airport. From my personal need to reverse the atmosphere in the world, to soften contradictions, I came up with this orrery in which different lemons work together to create a positive emanation. The destination was the fastfood restaurant, the place everybody from the neighbourhood visits. 

It is a magical instrument for the present time, an additional aid to stimulate harmony between people. It is meant to be used at places where people come together, and peaceful unity would be welcome.

Science shows us that we know almost nothing. Anything might be possible. The timeless desire for more than just measurable life inspires us to experiment outside the areas of traditional science. We want to feel safe and connected, and search for ways to control this. Lemons have been used in ancient times to practice magic. Pegs were pierced, and then the correct spells reinforced it into a lucky charm.

Lemons Performance

Gift from Aradia

Legend has it that Aradia, the daughter of the Goddess Diana, revealed the secret of the lemon to the oppressed women of the country (Italy), whom she taught magic and witchcraft. The lemon is connected with feminine power. Aradia taught the women divination, opening of hearts, raising fire, healing and Moonworship.

Gift from Aradia   2007
Performance at Work;lounge Dordrecht during the “Salon studiotour” 
Dancers Fieke Dieleman & Amanda van Gool


Box with curses

Lemons are used in some pagan religions for magical purposes, as a good luck charm.
Reality is charged with imagination. The confusion between what we experience because it is there, or because we want it to be, I regard as an opportunity for growth.

Box with curses 
Salted box, lemons, mixed media


Basic altarset

The power of the lemon is undiminished. The quest is to find ways to increase the impact, using images from faith and science. The Altar lemons are interpreted differently by different people. Culture and background contribute to the way they are perceived.

Basic altarset    7-piece  
lemons, mixed media, 25 cm height