eggshell works 2019-21
These new eggshell works lead on from works made in 2015/16 wich you can see here.
For the original Selfridge's show in 2015 I was somewhat restricted in amount and size of works produced but found the time in late 2019 to explore my ideas further with these new works.
An eggshell is such a fragile thing with such a universal purpose and association. Seemingly so fragile and yet so strong for it's function.... but it can be made stronger. Through near destruction, taking the eggshell to its limits it becomes armoured, 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. And so these discarded shells as they are redeemed, transformed into an object of speculation, of further possibilities.
The materials used: Brass, Copper, Iron, etc. carry their own symbology 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. 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?
I am fascinated by the similarities in nature that exist between an image of a nebula, a virus, a cell, a universe, a flower, geometry, fractals etc wand they give me a recurring motif usually a circle, as a symbol, a signifier, a switch, that turns the work into whatever the viewer is open to see.
Please read and see works from the Selfridges show here.
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