ArtworksFLORA & FAUNA III (2008)Where is the Spider?

Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Where is the Spider?
WHERE IS THE SPIDER?
2008
Human Hair tied on Metal Mirror Frames
big: 19.5cm x 18.5cm x 9.5cm
small: 9.5cm x 8cm x 9cm

Chang Yoong Chia & Teoh Ming Wah
Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Where is the Spider?

Hair

Once the hair is at the skin's surface,the cells within the strand of hair aren't alive anymore. The hair you see on every part of your body contains dead cells. Hair does not grow after someone is dead. As the corpse dehydrates, the flesh dries up and pulls away from hair and nails. Because we are accustomed to nails and hair growing, and not hands, feet and heads shrinking, we perceive this change as an increase in one rather than the decline in the other.



Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - Where is the Spider?

Where is the Spider?

I used to play a game of make-believe. I would place a mirror on the floor, it?s face reflecting the ceiling. Then, on my hands and knees, I would look into it. The mirror image had the effect as if my house had turned upside down and created a sense of vertigo in me. I was particularly happy when I found a cobweb in the ceiling. Because the reflection in the mirror was of the ceiling, it was too far away for me to see the spiders. Where were the spiders?