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Open Studio: Eggman aka Paul Wirhun

September 10, 7pm-9pm

Eggshell collage on found wood; batiked chicken and duck shells broken and reassembled with painted shells in between.

Named the Eggman while living in Provincetown in the 1990’s, for my work on and with eggshells (and cooking eggs four summers at Café Blasé), While I was raised creating traditional Ukrainian pysanky as a child, I did not realize I was being trained in techniques I would employ as a professional artist, e.g. drawing, color, design and composition. As a professional artist working on such an intimate scale caused me to focus studio technique to harness as much diversity and intensity as possible for visual impact.

Once I stepped out of merely copying traditional design motifs learned as a child, I began exploring how far I could push the same tools and media to see how well they could express my imaginative drive. This exploration led me to new techniques to use on eggshells: reverse dyeing (going from darker to lighter), paper rag dyeing, sgraffito, brush painting with dye, bleach painting, and etching. As eggshells do break, I began exploring eggshells as a medium for collage, a surface for painting, an encrusted sculpture, or tree trunk turned totem. Working on found wood reinforces the recycling aspect to using studio detritus for new art. Breaking the eggshells intentionally allows me to create larger compositions, where each egg is a piece of a larger puzzle, and an ever-crackled surface evokes a new worldview.

-Paul Wirhun

Studio 238

Studio 238 is part of the new studio complex at 150 Bay Street.

NOTE: Entrance lobby for the 2nd floor studios is separate from that for the residential units of 150 Bay and can be found at the NE corner of the building, at the corner of 1st St. and Provost St.

Contact for additional public visiting hours throughout the weekend.

Phone: 917-279-4996

COVID-19 Protocols

  • Masks Required

  • Limited Capacity



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