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Published on Nov 13, 2008
Eggs, shot on glass from below and above, are the primary image material for Chalazae. When I was eight, I called the chalazae the thingy. It is actually the anchor that holds down the yolk membrane and separates the yolk from the white of an egg. Throughout my childhood, I refused to eat any egg that had a thingy--my mother obliged me and removed the thingies of any egg she hoped to feed me. I was convinced the thingy (the chalazae) was a baby chicken, or at least the starting point for one. My mother took me to her biology lab a lot, and there were always eggs and chickens in various stages of development. I saw chicken embryos on yolks and thingies nearby. That was enough to empower the chalazae and invest in it a series of meanings and capacities that continue to be largely imagined. I am particularly interested in the cellular, cosmic and embryonic forms evoked in Chalazae.