Fascinated by phantasmagorical underwater creatures, they populate my imaginary and my art. They are the other, the strange, the otherworldly. As our bodies determine our experience of the world, they remind me of the tragic impossibility to be another sentient being than oneself.
The urchin can be repulsive to us because of its dark colors and spiny aspect. On a closer view, it is a different animal that we get to discover.
The urchin has five tongs and five teeth. It grinds and swallows its prey through a complex mouth-apparatus that is named Aristotle Lantern after the Greek philosopher’s study of the animal. Observed under the microscope, the voracity of the small animal looks monstrous and beautifully sensuous. From close views, its spines look soft, velvety, and lubricant at its edges, like a myriad of phallic organs trying to sense their external environment. Recent scientistic researches show that they have light-sensitive molecules at the end of their spines. The entire surface of their body act as one big eye. The more spines they have, the sharper is their vision.