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Spring 2017 Competition:

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3rd Place Winner

egg shells
12 x 12 x 10 in
price on request

artist statement

Eggs for me represent a life form, neither gender or species specific. This versatility, fragility of the shell, and beauty of it’s texture and color allows to combine the eggs with other objects and situations, with conflicting realities and of human feelings. An egg is nourishment, an object that almost everyone on earth is familiar with and knows what it is from an early age. What do you expect to happen when you drop an egg.

My father passed 20 years before my mother. Her demise was pause for reflecting on their lives and grandparents and ancestors that came before them. I always felt that I was a self-made man, but the courses of their lives had laid the foundation for what my lifecould become. With my mother's death came the realization that I am next in the queue. The fragments of the past lay the foundation of the future.


artist bio


DuCret School of Arts

National Academy

Art Students League

School of visual Arts



other work by the artist

James Nazz

james nazz
NYC, New York [USA]

art scene today Q & A

Q: Where do you see yourself in the art scene today?
A: As an Eggspressionist.
Q: What is in your inspiration?
A: Omelets.
Q: What are your challenges?
A: In order for this piece to work, the eggs had to be exactly the same size and shape. Even with my vast experience with eggs, it wasn’t until creating this piece, that I realized how subtly different they are, like  fingerprints, no two are exactly alike. Tom Birchard, owner of Veselka Restaurant, located in the East Village in New York City, let me go through hundreds of eggs to find two dozen the same size and shape.  The challenge was figuring out how to cut both in exactly the same place so they would precisely  fit together.  This was accomplished by submerging one of the eggs in plaster at the angle and depth needed for the cut, after the plaster hardened placing the others in the plaster mold allowed to be drawn a pencil line along the edge where egg and plaster meet making a cut line exactly the same on all.  
Q: How did you/do you choose your medium?
A:  At the time I was painting in egg tempera, which required making a palette every morning by separating the yoke and mixing it with powdered pigments to generate paints.  I stacked the shells on the edge of the kitchen sink until there was a stack of about six inches, and then started two new stacks in the front. I ended up with what you see now; yet I didn’t see it at  first, it was only later in the day that I glanced at it and saw it for what it had become. Here was a female object creating something male. That was the “Genesis” for my exploration into eggs.
Q: Which artist has influenced you the most?
A:  Andrew Wyeth (egg tempera).