ArtworksFLORA & FAUNA III (2008)Embryo

Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Embryo
EMBRYO
2008
Oil on Chicken Eggshell mounted in Acrylic Box
37cm x 26.5cm x 11.5cm

Chang Yoong Chia & Teoh Ming Wah
Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Embryo
Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Embryo

Egg

Most bird eggs have an oval shape, with one end rounded and the other more pointed. This shape results from the egg being forced through the oviduct. Muscles contract the oviduct behind the egg, pushing it forward. The egg's wall is still shapeable, and the pointy end develops at the back side. Cliff-nesting birds often have highly conical eggs. They are less likely to roll off. In contrast, many hole-nesting birds have nearly spherical eggs.



Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Embryo

Birthday

There was a recipe book. In it was an illustration that I was particularly fond of. It was a cake with generous spread of colourful icing. Sitting on the top edge of the cake were two hollowed-out chicken eggs with human faces painted on them. My mother once said she would bake that cake for my birthday, I can?t remember if she did, but the eggshells with faces on them imprinted in me the association of broken eggshells and birthday.