Exemplary of de la Mora's process of accretion is the ongoing series of eggshell “paintings,” a body of work that he began in 2013. These panels, monochromatic fields inflected only by the texture of its materials, are in fact a collection of minuscule shards, sifted and sorted by minute variances in hue. The eggshell works address the very notion of time: time spent accumulating the elements of what will become the crackled surface, time spent willing that surface into being. The egg, then, is an apposite metaphor for the kind of maturation process these works require. To rush them would be to betray the contemplative essence they exude.