For almost a year, I have been working with artist Joanne Easton. We were both residents at the Vermont Studio Center in December 2014 where we developed an interest in each other’s work and a desire to collaborate. We chose to work with four ostrich eggs sent by my cousin from her farm in Ohio. Initially we were attracted to the remarkable size and shape of the egg, but the ostrich story led us to create a series of works contemplating resource allocation. Once-threatened by the high demand for its feathers, meat and eggs, the ostrich is now semi-domesticated and farmed around the world. In response, we are creating a series of sculptural objects encompassing themes of desire and loss. Pictured above is Repair, in progress, my restoration of an egg I let roll off my work table and am restoring using the Japanese Kintsugi technique. Kintsugi is the art of restoring broken pottery with gold so the fractures are literally illuminated. The philosophy treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.