Allen Horstmanshof - Sculptor



Eggshell lacquer sculptures


"Angels of Time"

There are two basic versions of the cast plaster "Angels of Time" sub series, one larger than the other. 

\Moulds were made of these forms and plaster plugs then cast from these.  The rough gypsum plaster plugs emerging from the moulds are then individually carved into slightly different versions of the original shape. So while all of the sculptures are similar, none are the same let alone identical.  They are not editions but variations on a theme

Once the work has been carved the ancient Oriental craft of eggshell lacquer is used to create the surface.  The shells of hens eggs are broken, treated and then applied to the surface of the plaster.  After this process has been completed, the eggshell is covered with many layers of tinted shellac and sanded back after each layer until there is a depth of colour on the surface.  Once the desired effect is achieved, the surface is then sealed with a clear lacquer.  The final effect is of complex and richly textured brocade, not unlike the spectrum of coloured images transmitted to us by Hubble.



More Images of Eggshell works



  Detail of the eggshell lacquer surface