Holly English is a British artist currently studying MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, London. She works across a variety of mediums with a broad, philosophical interest in the things and ideas that we value.
Her work often takes on a humorous faux-cerebral aesthetic in a kind of self mockery which addresses ideas about society and free thought.
In this ongoing egg project English utilises the very loaded symbol of an egg, transforming it into a fun, decorative object which acts almost as a blank emoji, punctuating the space around it and adding a gratifying pop of colour.
She enjoys the way that the symbol can morph from funny to aggressive, sad or joyous dependent on the context it is read within, and will often incorporate the eggs in larger installations allowing them to contribute to the narrative of the piece as a whole.
The eggs are each handcrafted in several stages, starting with a clay ‘yolk’ which is hand moulded, painted and sealed before being coated in several layers of clear-cast resin in order to achieve a realistic depth and texture. Each piece is individually finished and numbered, and comes in a unique, hand-painted display box.