“The world is but a canvas to our imagination”
– Henry David Thoreau
Food, in the right hands, can be used to create gorgeous art and French artist Christel Assante proves just that by using knives, vinegar, a mini drill, and paint to create her beautiful carvings from eggshells. Besides inventive, and creative, it is a highly tedious form of art for tackling such a fragile medium.
Assante doesn’t use chicken‘s eggshells because they are too small so she uses duck, emu, goose, nandu (her preference), pheasant and quail eggs; holding them in her hand as she carves them to minimize dangerous vibrations. It takes her up to 50 hours to complete a single carving.
Once completed, a tiny light bulb is inserted through a hole in the bottom illuminating her detailed creations.
The detail on such small medium is impressive enough, but when considering how delicate, even hard, eggs are, we are blown away by her work. Some pieces, like the dragon, are almost entirely lacework.
So what made Assante choose such an offbeat canvas? It’s simple: since the eggshell is such a highly porous surface, it allows numerous different techniques to be done on it. Also, its oval shape is ideal for presenting scenes that evolve as you turn the shell around. Beautiful, isn’t it?
It’s true when poets say that there is beauty in everything. If the artist can make a simple eggshell look beautiful, then the world is indeed our canvas.
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