1996 - 2006
An egg is a spheroid or ovoid shaped cell laid by females of many different species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Eggs have been eaten by mankind for millennia. Bird eggs (including chicken and turkey eggs) consist of a protective eggshell, albumen (egg white), and vitellus (egg yolk), contained within various thin membranes. Every part of an egg is edible, although the eggshell is generally discarded.
The question arises, "Why did I draw eggs?" Simply, I loved the motion of drawing that oval shape. I also loved making an image seem to be 3-dimensional, appearing to be sculpted out of a 2-dimensional surface. The egg shape lended itself well to making this happen.
The egg was the central subject in each composition. Eggs are both strong in structure as well as vulnerable to outside influences. Each precious one was either enfolded and kept safe, or set in an environment that appeared to be precarious. Each egg had it's own internal mystery. As I continued to explore egg themes, it became important to know what each shell held inside. The creative journey for me was to find out what mystery each possesses.
An interesting note about my fascination with the egg - around the time I started drawing egg shapes, unknown to me at the time, I was developing a cyst in one of my ovaries that I later had to have surgically removed. I lived with that ticking time bomb while my doctor was preparing me for surgery. During the operation, my doctor lifted out my ovary in her hand as the cyst burst! She was able to repair the ovary and return it to my body. That image has stayed with me for many years.
These drawings were made on archival paper with prismacolor pencils.
Each composition took anywhere from 30 to 80 hours from start to finish.
Keep in mind that each computer monitor is different, so the colors you see may not be the true drawing colors.
All of these drawings can be made into a Giclee print or a ready to hang printed canvas.
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