BIG MOTHER 2019
Limited Edition 10
Drilled Ostrich Eggshells with steel coach nuts and bolts - Drawing
This work nearly turned my hair white(er) I've been wanting to go even larger than my other bolted eggshell works and the making of this one taught me many new lessons......most of them hard :) I will be using what I've learnt to go bigger still but for now this is the largest of this body of work so far.
It's a hefty piece as the steel coach bolts and nuts alone count at 120 and in weight that's over 3 Kilos!
I have kept the two halves separate as the inside really does need to be seen. The surface of the egg is covered in intricate drawing in blacks, greys, white and metallic silver and the ends of the coach bolts are finished in a glossy black lacquer adding reflections to the work where the viewer can be viewed.
You'll see a lot of images attached, that's because I am showing both halves though it may be hard to tell the differences as they are shot from all angles. The top half images show first, followed by the bottom half and the mock up whole egg last.
Holding just one half of this work blows your mind with the weight. The work stands by it's own support in the 2 halves on positioned bolts. The lower, slightly smaller half can be either rested on it's back or turned over but the larger piece must always be shown belly up, with it's inside bolts showing for structural purposes.
However, I couldn't resist doing a mock up of what the egg would look like put together and it's HUGE. I am hoping to make another soon where the egg is closed or maybe partially closed.
REMINDER: Please note that the dimensions are apx dims for one half of the work, there are two parts to the work..
The open nature of this work lends to it's meaning though. How strong the creature must have been who laid and hatched this egg,.... did indeed she survive it and what off spring did she produce?
It is strictly in a limited edition of 10.
This work can be displayed in a variety of ways, ideal for a collectors cabinet or a display shelf. I placed this work on a large mirror for the purpose of viewing the underneath and all angles. It would work well on two plinths on heights which would make the 2 halves look whole? the possibilities are endless.
You can commission me to make a specific colour and size for you.
In 2015 I was selected to install a show in one of the huge 3.5 meter windows at Selfridge's in Oxford Street, London.
The work was made whilst I was travelling India (!!!) and then shown for over two months in both the window, in the huge Atrium and in the Wonder Room. The response was fabulous and the publicity worldwide was great too! Including:
The Times, The Independent, The NY Times, I.D, Dazed, Creative Review and Time Out among others.
In the original window installation I wanted to create a seeming swarm that pushed forward into the busy London street and into the world, an infestation, a celestial shower, perhaps approaching from darkest space or from the depths of the ocean, from the viewers subconscious.
Most of thee original works are sold but my interest continues and I have begun to make new works that push the boundary between completion and failure even further.
An eggshell is such a fragile thing with such a universal purpose and yet it is so strong for it's function but it can be made stronger, through near destruction, taking the eggshell to its limits to become armored, protected, transformed into something 'other', something greater than its discarded self. Fragility and strength, simplicity and complexity, natural and contrived, form and function, cause and effect....every egg tells a story.
The materials used: Brass, Copper, Iron, Aluminium etc. carry their own symbolism and are used like colours to tell a story, make a mood, a reaction.
The eggshells raise questions, ideas perhaps about what has been hatched from such eggs, what type of creature that might be. And so these discarded shells are redeemed, transformed into an object of speculation, of further possibilities.
The egg is often seen as a symbol of hope, resurrection and new life: what do these objects represent to you? Are they trinkets, decorative things, or are they as 'decorative' as an atom, a nebula, a creature, a virus, what can they signify? Can such a small thing represent in its materials and it's way of making, something much larger, a cipher for the unknowable, unimagined, unfathomable, unspoken, unfound?