The eggshells in this work act as a layered metaphor for feminine labour: they are symbols of reproductive potential and domestic work, but also suggest the emotional care given a threatening or potentially-dangerous person; the expression “walking on eggshells” implies the careful, delicate handling often required of women who are responsible for the emotional stability and behaviour of men they encounter. In this way, the work addresses women's varied social roles as emotional labourers: as kin-keepers within the domestic realm, and as the subjects of street harassment and other microaggressions in the public sphere.
The piece also taps into the fragility of a masculinity that depends upon consistent shoring up, healing, mending, and soothing by women emotional labourers. This fragility is evident in the delicate, cracked eggshells and the helplessness of the men and beasts in the referenced nursery rhyme to save or repair their own giant egg (in this case, the patriarchy or an inflated and unsustainable entitlement to male power/privilege). The work turns toxic masculinity against itself by laying bare the impossibility of patriarchal capitalism without women's unpaid work to act as a buoy, and the brokenness of a violent masculine culture that depends upon women validating male egos and healing male wounds in order to live with itself.