Jess Landau Paints Nude Portraits on the Insides of Eggshells

By: Megan Facciuolo - May 25, 2014
References: jesslandau & designtaxi
Jess Landau paints nude portraits of people in their most delicate states -- literally. The artist depicts nude models on the insides of eggshells. Both the thin canvases and the nude models give off an air of vulnerability and fragility. The depiction relates to the artist's way of dealing with the tragic and unexpected loss of her best friend.

She chose eggshells for her project because just like life, they can be extremely tenuous. She felt that "traditional materials –- different papers, wood, etc. -- were far too stable and concrete for this delicate situation."

To create the paintings on the easily breakable shells she used a liquid emulsion technique, which involves using a liquid chemical that makes paper light-sensitive. Thus, her images of the models could be projected onto the shells in a darkroom for her to paint over.