Christian Gonzenbach

Homo ab Ovo

Homo ab ovo, 2008

Ostrich egg, glue

14 x 21 x 19 cm

An ostrich egg and a human skull share roughly the same weight and volume, and similar material and color, yet they symbolize totally opposing states – one beginning of life, the other end of existence. The collision of the two iconic objects of birth and death immediately shatters the gap between the beginning and the end, and results in symbiotic co-existence. The presumed bird is yet to break out of the egg, but the perfectly reconstituted fragmented eggshells in the shape of a skull conjures up a notion of eternal confrontation with death. By examining the fragility of the process it explores the theme of mortality and vanity.