"I make art, mainly statues. I'm not a sculptor though, actually more a 'statue-builder'. I don't cut in stone or wood, don't work with clay and I don't make statues out of bronze. I make my statues out of existing materials which I combine and compose until an exiting shape or object is born. It need to be realistic, a bit confusing and got to have a certain beauty...
I used to work with bricks and birch which is quite sturdy. They were easy to transport to art-markets and I was able to get them back home safe and sound. That all changed when I started working with egg-shells... Practically at all the art-markets where I had an exposition, something broke, gone was my statue, out the door was my income. Make a new one? Tha'ts not me, I like to make new things, add something to to make it unique.
I searched for a way to strenghten the egg-shells, preferable white ones, basically to make them unbrake-able. Most people who are working with eggs and paint them, told me I was nuts for using regular chicken eggs. Goose-eggs are much stronger. But the 'vulrenable' aspect with ckicken-eggs is the part that attracts me the most. I've tried different types of glue but most of the time it turned into one sticky mess.
I searched the internet for a 'hardener' and came across a lot of industrial products which looked to rough for y vulnerable eggs. Eventually I came across Paverpol. I did buy a small bucket and started practising. After awhile I was able to rub the Paverpol on the inside of the egg-shells. I'm not going to touch the outside, that has to remain the way it is. If possible I will use several layers of Paverpol. Obviously I use the Paverpol transparant. (I don't want anyone to notice that I use Paverpol.)
In the meantime I developed some plans to design an art piece with fabric. I still have to do some research to figger out how exactly I can use bigger objects with paverpol, for example clothing, to get it in the right shape.
There's still a lot to learn and to discover!
Curious? Visit my website: www.griffioenkunst.eu."
Ton Griffioen, Beelden / Art Objects