The well-known Egg Artist, Farha Sayeed, wife of Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India in Chicago, held her first solo Egg Art exhibition in Chicago – “The Easter Eggstravaganza” – at the prestigious Chicago Symphony Center in Chicago, Illinois. The event was held during late March.
A part of the sale proceeds of the Exhibition will go to the America-India Foundation’s Maternal and New Born Survival Initiative (MANSI).
The artist used egg shells of various birds including Ostrich, Rhea, Emu, Goose, Turkey and Guinea eggs for her creations. The artist intricately hand-carved these pieces were in minute detail and embellished with crystals, rhinestone chains, and golden filigree, thus capturing not only the imagination of the visitors but also leaving them awe-struck. The event also attracted hundreds of art lovers, state officials, and diplomats from several countries.
The lead pieces at the show, 'Eggstravaganza' and 'Nirvana', along with 'Apostles of Peace', a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa on an Emu egg shell received particular admiration from the visitors.
Sayeed who is married to Dr Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India in Chicago said over the years she has attempted introducing Indian motifs and calligraphy into her art. "The fragility of an eggshell appealed to me as a unique medium to test my creativity. I can switch over easily from painting to carving to calligraphy to etching on the egg shell and the scope seems to be unlimited," Ms. Sayeed said.
She also said that over the years, she has attempted introducing Indian motifs and calligraphy into her art. In the past, the artist has already hosted such solo exhibitions in Copenhagen, Jeddah, New Delhi and Sanaa.