Proving once again that food, in the right hands, can be used to create exquisite art, French artist Christel Assante uses knives, vinegar, a mini drill, and sometimes paint to create her beautiful carvings from egg shells. Besides inventive, and creative, I think I’d also have to use the adjective brave to describe her for tackling such a fragile medium.
Assante doesn’t use chicken shells 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 I’m blown away by her work. Some peices, like the dragon below, are almost entirely lacework.
To read an interview of the artist by Art-et-Artisant-du-Monde (in English) follow the link below. I’ve also included a link to the step-by-step process complete with photos.
STEP BY STEP THROUGH THE PROCESS – WITH PHOTOS