The Chench Of Coexistence
3.7 x 4.7 x 2.1 ft
Acrylic on wood
Inspired by the idea of co existing and mimicry in nature,
The Chench (Chair x Bench) draws its inspiration from the
peculiar behaviour of The Boquila leaf and the European
Lady’s Slipper orchid.
The Boquila is a woody creeper that lives in the Temperate
Rainforests of Chile. Its versatile leaves can change their
size, shape, colour, orientation and even their vein patterns
to match the surrounding foliage. These signals could be
written in light, in scents or in a form of gene jumping. This
mimicry helps the Boquila vine from being eaten by hungry
Orchid species like Spider
and European Lady’s Slipper
release a perfume that
mimics a fertile female
insect, luring in male insects.
Overcome by the sexy
female scent, the males are
duped into attempting to
mate with the flower. During
their futile attempt at
copulation, they pick up a
gobbet of pollen, so that
when they visit another
flower they will pollinate it.
What does it mean to coexist with other
individuals? What is the best you can take
from them and give to them? How do you
preserve a certain amount of your identity
whilst leaving the other half malleable ?
These are few of the questions the Chench
of Coexistence seeks to ask.