The first of a three part installation series, Choon Lin continues her exploration of perception and realities, this time with spleen, the purple coloured human organ as inspiration. In English, to ‘vent one’s spleen’ is metaphor for the release of anger or frustration. The Talmud refers to it as the ‘organ of laughter’, while ancient Greeks associates it with one’s melancholy. Meanwhile, in biological terms, the spleen facilitates our immune system by recycling old red blood cells and storing platelets and white blood cells.
Despite its size (similar to a fist) and serving an important biological function, some people are actually born without one and most could continue living normally if it were removed for medical reasons. In the exhibition, Choon Lin’s interest in morphogenesis, or the design and growth of cells and organs is once again manifested here in synthetic and sculptural form. The ‘spleen’ in her hand is a multi-layered installation, made up of sculptures with parts hung in chains, responding and vibrating to sound amidst blinking lights. Indicative of a mirror, a video of a life-sized, cropped female torso in skin coloured satin dress, biting and chewing on a carrot foregrounds and completes the viewer’s personal experience with the quirky sculpture.