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You've got to break some eggs

Moving on from my last experiment, this piece really deals with the fragility of the material but through the process of actually testing the this quality rather than dealing with the suspense and the potential.


The layout of the work differs to the previous experiment, with the eggs being in a linear pattern, rather than more random. I feel that this provides a more clinical look towards the eggs, as if they are really being laid out in front of the audience to be viewed one by one. They almost feel as though the are pieces of my life being displayed in order, with highs and lows (shown by the varying lengths of the strings which the eggs are hanging on) and broken apart, like the failures that we all endure, making the overall piece. This was not something that I was originally intending when I planned the piece but it is how I felt when making it. I did not originally want it to have this level of metaphor held to the piece but instead for it to be more directed towards the material and process.


This piece was intended to display a dissatisfaction with domesticity, hence the destruction of the egg, used in domestic processes. I discovered that I was not a domestic person when I moved from home so the material also represents the idea of moving out (moving out of the egg) and plays with the idea of being expected to be good at domestic chores as a female from birth (eggs being a sign of birth). In a way the destruction of this idea has occurred at birth, and I am tearing apart the expectation before it can really begin, like an abortion.


I still this that this experiment could be done with see-through thread rather than black string to create the illusion of the eggs floating. However, I'm not so sure how this would add to this particular piece because the egg is already broken and therefore so is the suspense that is felt when the eggs are whole and are in danger of falling.


Although I did quite like the lighting (as shown in the first photograph), with it being half way between light and dark, with just a single central source of light to illuminate the whole piece, I think that this could be pushed further to play with the drama of the piece. I think it would beneficial to play with shadows, adding a sense of weight to the damaged eggs, I almost want them to feel heavier and not just something delicate, relating to the seriousness of the greater context of the piece - the "female role".


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