For a while I had my mind set on making something useful. I kept struggling to find materials to efficiently replace, enhance, or re-imagine things that I already owned so I decided to settle on making a sculpture of some sort. Again, finding sufficient materials has been a limitation but I eventually decided on making something out of egg shells.
After a few Google Image searches for egg shell sculptures, I found many pictures of intricately carved egg shells that looked way too intimidating to replicate, but I also found a sculpture of a chicken made of egg shells. The artist who made this chicken used clay as a base for the shape of their model while I envisioned a structure that would be more hollow.
After a few more searches I ran into Nosinger who created a large sphere made of white egg shells using most of the shell. I liked the idea and the fact that you can see into the piece through the gaps, but I did not like the added challenge of using eggs that were so precisely cracked.
As a result, I decided to look into mosaics made of egg shells. The two that drew my eye were a lamp shade covered in shells and a lamp in the shape of an egg.
Ultimately I decided to make a large, hollow egg out of egg shells. My goal is to make it open enough so that you can see into it like Nosinger’s piece. If I am successful in making the shape, I will consider putting lights inside it so that it acts like a lamp. In order to make it I plan on using a balloon, a large piece of thin white cloth, glue, and dreams. If I am successful, I plan on using some fairy lights that a friend gave me, put them in a bottle, and stand the egg up around it so that it becomes illuminated.