A Flight of Fancy

BY CHRISTIE CHAN 陳雍希

© 2015 Christie Chan 陳雍希. All rights reserved.

A Flight of Fancy
Eggshells on paper, watercolour on paper, strings, shoes, step ladder
2015

‘A Flight of Fancy’ originates from an interest in exploring the physicality of an eggshell and its possibilities as an art material. Fragile yet strong, an eggshell represents both confinement and breakthrough. These associations have led to a reimagination of a scene from The Little Prince, where the protagonist has fled his planet with the help of migratory birds. The installation can be seen as a reinterpretation of this imagery, but with a twist. It encompasses reflections on the escapism and claustrophobia that subtly lingers among people in this city. 

A few lines from seven different poems about migratory birds were selected and paired with twelve ‘wounded’ eggshells. Accompanied by illustrations on the side, the eggshells are tied to a pair of shoes with strings, forming a tableau that visualises a surreal and fantasised escape plan—one that is yet to come true as the eggs remain unhatched.

羽翼未豐
蛋殼、水彩紙本、繩、皮鞋、梯階
2015

《羽翼未豐》的創作意念初源於對以蛋殼作為物料的好奇,繼而延伸至對小說《小王子》中一幕的聯想。蛋殼脆弱易碎,卻有強而耐壓的結構;它既是囚禁雛鳥之籠牢,又代表一種新的契機,是一種經過掙扎後終會被衝破的限制。

《小王子》拉着一群遷徙中的候鳥逃出自己的星球,作品以另一角度詮釋這個場面,也滲透着對城市人的「避世情意結」之反思。它呈現的是一種更荒誕和超現實的意象,代表一個天馬行空的逃走大計,一個因爲鳥蛋仍未孵化出飛鳥以無法實現之幻想。

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