Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fun Food Creations: Christel Assante Thinks Outside the Shell

We’ve found another artist that likes to play with her food...or perhaps more accurately, the leftovers! We always think of a delicious egg as fried, scrambled or poached, but these gorgeous creations by French artist Christel Assante are pretty incredible.

According to an interview with Art et Artisanat du Monde, Assante uses knives, vinegar, a mini-drill and paints to create her very intricately designed works of art. She prefers using nandu eggs for their thicker shells, but also works with duck, emu, goose, pheasant and quail eggs. She doesn’t use chicken shells though, as they’re too small.

There is no way to reinforce the shell during carving, so this becomes a very delicate and fragile process. Christel is said to keep the shells in her hands while she’s working with them to decrease potentially harmful vibrations, but other egg carving artists opt for fabric protection.

When asked by Art et Artisanat du Monde which work she is most proud of, Assante said “the work I am the most proud of is, of course, always the one I am working on.” What a wonderful approach to artistic creation!

Here are a few of our favourites:

Click here to check out more of her carvings here.