Christel Assante's eggshell art demonstrates an inventive way to create works of art from organic materials. Using only knives and paints, Assante takes up to 50 hours to finish a single egg carving. She cannot use chicken eggs because of their small size, so instead, Assante uses emu, pheasant, quail, duck, nandu and goose eggs as her creative canvas.
Over her career, Assante has created beautiful scenes using her eggshells, including an elaborate seascape and a fairy-like woman. Everything is etched onto the eggshells with the utmost care and attention, so that each picture is detailed to the point of hyperrealism. A light is placed inside the hollowed-out eggs to give them an ethereal glow, making them even more unique than before, since instead of a two-dimensional etching, Assante has created a three-dimensional display.
With these eggshell carvings, Assante has proven that even food can be used as an artistic medium; if it's the right material for the artist, beautiful art will follow.