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Kerstin Stark: Sculpture ‘Strive for the Top’, bronze with artificial stone

Kerstin Stark:
Sculpture ‘Strive for the Top’, bronze with artificial stone

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Bronze + artificial stone | Polished | Sizes 24.5 x 11.5 x 8 cm (H/W/D)

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Kerstin Stark: Sculpture ‘Strive for the Top’, bronze with artificial stone

Born in 1971 in Pforzheim, Kerstin Stark with her reduced high contrast shapes is a representative of a younger generation of artists who convey the everyday life messages through their bronze sculptures. Her classical training as a goldsmith allows the artist to explore complex topics. Kerstin Stark sets finely polished bronze in a deliberate contrast with the plinth of black colored artificial stone and gives her protagonists a special luminosity._x000D_

The way up the career ladder is steep, it is not always easy to make the next step. On the ladder everyone is by himself. And nobody knows what awaits him up there... The table sculpture of polished bronze with an artificial stone plinth. Height 24.5 cm, width 11.5 cm, depth 8 cm.

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Kerstin StarkKerstin Stark messages of daily life brought lovingly to the point: With targeted contrasts the skilled goldsmith Kerstin Stark gives (born in 1971 in Pforzheim) her sculptures a special expressiveness.

Her figures, sculptures and jewellery are ideal gifts for special occasions: bearer of tender messages, incentives and motivation for special situations.

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.

Bronze casting:

When casting bronze, artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

Sculpture "The Book Reader" by Ernst Barlachs is shown here as an example:

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture 'The book reader'

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 1

First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber composition. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured in the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax casting is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, and the wax flows out (lost mould).

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 2Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400 ° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture comes to light.

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 3Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work

For lower-grade bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of more complex lost wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.

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