A two-person exhibition featuring the works of Lui Gonzales and Jezzel Wee.
The intricate relationship between plant and animal life by far surpasses civilisation in age and function. Tracing back to the Mesozoic era (252-66 million years ago) which signalled the entrance of animal life onto land, entomophily pertains to the process in which pollen from various (and often, flowering) plants are distributed by insects. While frequently overlooked by the common person preoccupied with daily affairs, such a minuscule process undoubtedly serves to be one of the underlying structures that keeps nature functioning. In the two-woman exhibition “Entomophily,” Lui Gonzales and Jezzel Wee make a return to this process by depicting the intricate and complex dance between these age-old creatures, and in effect, highlighting the crucial role that pollination plays in a world that is slowly losing its connection to nature.
Gonzales derives inspiration from specimens of insects that are often collected for the purpose of observation and preservation. In her works, however, there also seems to be the aim to present, and to render the degradation they suffer due to man-made actions that continue to negatively impact biodiversity. Each of the pieces are formatted in such a way that every detail, no matter how tiny or obscure, is brought to the forefront. By magnifying them to better fit the human sight, their complex build and structure is brought closer and made more familiar to our eyes.
Wee recreates the enchanting diversity of plant life through her ceramic works, choosing the medium to emphasize the fragility and complexity of her subjects. Her pieces invite the audience to view them from afar, as smaller parts of a larger whole; as the eyes move closer, however, they become more and more distinct in appearance and character, each detail rendered in lifelike form as if caught in movement.
At its core “Entomophily” brings us back full circle to the very processes that predate human life. In a world that is slowly beginning to forget our roots in nature and the systems that keep it thriving, the show serves to be a reminder of the crucial role these minuscule processes play, and how their loss may greatly impact life as we know it today.
Words by Elle Lucena