Arranged in an indoor garden with a dispersion of embroidered white floor pillows, “Right Place” is a warm invitation for an unusual outsider gaze. It creates a performative situation that temporarily renders the viewer a Flâneur. Bringing one’s body closer to gaze at the plants gestures an opportunity to see these living beings through a inquisitive and kinder approach
The connotations of the term ‘weed’ have come to signify invasive plant life that deserve little more than passive attention, or at worst, extermination. This work de-contextualises their natural conditions and reconsiders their sites of exposure and relations to humans. Removed from its original context, cultural interpretation and economical use-value, the plants now regain their own grandeur and transcend social, cultural and economic validation.
Here, I host a space that encourages an exchange between domestic and social experiences, to simultaneously create internal and external awarenesses of the environment. With sincere attention and a warm gaze towards them, the plants are deterritorialized and reveal their pure aura. I encourage you to empathise with the plants and to acknowledge their diversity, fluidity and adaptability, which are the virtues relevant to the contemporary context of globalisation, rather than their usability and availability.
By embracing twenty-five diverse species of plants, a cultural misrepresented investigation takes place; an abrupt act of crossing borders grows wildly to address the issues of place-making, immigration, nationality and identity.
Plants including: Bellis Perennis (Common Daisy), Ranunculus Acris (Meadow Buttercup), Hypochaeris Radicata (Cats Ear), Glechoma Hederacea (Ground Ivy), Dipsacus Fullonum (Teasel), Daucus Carota (Wild Carrot), Leontodon Hispidus (Rough Hawkbit), Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew), Geranium Pyrenaecium (Hedge Cranesbill), Leontodon Hispidus (Greater Hawkbit), Myosotis Arvensis (Field Forget-me-not), Linaria Cymbalaria (Ivy Leaved Toadflax), Carduus Nutans (Musk Thistle), Veronica Spicata (Spiked Speedwell), Plantago Media (Hoary Plantain), Dianthus Deltoides (Maiden Pink), Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow), Hieracium Aurantiacum (Fox and Cubs), Cichorium Intybus (Wild Chicory), Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover), etc.
Melmel Chen (1984, Taiwan) is an interdisciplinary artist, who lives and works in London. In the last five years, her artistic research has primarily focused on investigating subject and object relationships, specifically in terms of philosophical and biopolitical spectacle. She works through a variety of media, ranging from image, photography, sculpture and installation. Melmel is interested in how humans perceive reality and fiction, and how the differences in culture, history, and society influence the navigation and categorisation of such experiences.