ABOUT THE HATCHING
Artist: Christiane Vleugels
Land of Origin: Belgium
A chrysalis is a butterfly in a stage of transformation. It cannot move so is unable to defend itself, which means they often rely on the appearance of their cocoon to protect themselves from predators. Therefore, the surface is shiny to scare predators who see their own reflection and are not smart enough to know they are looking at themselves. The shiny cocoon also reflects nearby plants making it very hard to see.
In “The Hatching”, Christiane presents us with another meaning to that reflection. As the girl gazes upon the shiny cocoon, she sees her own reflection and is enchanted by what she sees which is reminiscent of another legendary work about Narcissism. In this case however, there is a simpatico that exists between woman and chrysalis, an unspoken but visually represented message that one gets back the beauty they invest. The woman, like the encased butterfly pupa, seems to be merging from her own limitations and transforming as an individual.
This work has is a strong, non-conventional, feminist voice about what it means to grow, change, fly and be free.