I have been experimenting a lot with eggs over the past few months. Dying them, embroidering them, emptying them, filling them, painting them, the list goes on…
I’ve recently tried painting them gold (pictured below) and filling them with things like lint, hair, wool – soft, nestlike stuff.
The three above I have painted in different ways and the two whole ones are filled. The gold paint still needs some layers, but I have really enjoyed the white/gold combo on these little guys. The insides add a weird something to each one, but I can’t tell if I like what it is doing or not… I’ll have to continue to play with them.
Goals: I’m hoping to create sculptures that are almost entirely eggs. I love the idea of eggs and nests and I’m really working and thinking about ideas focused on the delicate/protective thing that is happing with them.
Struggles: Eggs are generally difficult to work with because of how delicate they are. They can also have a tendency to be over used and overdone.
I also began working with ink and ink washes on the eggs (pictured below) and I have really been loving the black and white and the running that happens in the cracks and into the texture of the shell.
I enjoy how in emphasizes the breaks in the shell, showing how delicate they are while also highlighting the stone-like surface. I’m also just a fan of black and white, so. They look nice alongside the gold pieces and I’m hoping to work on some combos soon.
Struggles: Ink is so motherfuckin messy. I’m struggling to keep it in the locations I want it to stay in.
Overall, I’m really excited about what this project and this work could potentially be and to continue to work on it for awhile.
I have been so very busy with my new job that it leaves only a small amount of time for artwork and often even leaves me to tired or worn out to even make anything.
But! There have been a few projects that have inspired me to work a lot harder and get some stuff made. A collaboration between the campus gallery and the campus natural history museum encouraged me to go see some bird and egg specimens, these specimens have sparked a whole whirlwind of ideas and have me trying all sorts of different things.
As you may know from my previous posts, I absolutely love birds. I had been drawing a lot of them recently, and still am, but after my trip to the natural history museum on campus I started thinking that I needed to go above and beyond those.
Below are some projects I started as well as some of the specimens that inspired me.
(I apologize for the poor image quality!)
Anyway! I am so excited to continue on my weird, bird-inspired, adventure and I hope it keeps going as well as it has been!