Sanding Shells

I enjoy the idea of reversing the making process.  Of returning the egg shell to its most basic chemical form.  I’ve done this with chemicals – exposing the egg shell to acid and watching the calcium surface melt away.

This experiment saw me sand the shells down, applying minimal pressure as through drawing meditative cycles on sandpaper, the egg surface was slowly ground to dust.  The contrasts of this process are particularly pleasing.

The soft smooth shell becoming a highly textural powder.  Something of substance eroding into dust.
The abrupt meeting between the gently curving surface and a newly ‘cut’ linear edge.

The potential offered to gaze into and through the interior of a shell, to get closer to that embryonic stage of existence is also intriguing…

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