Maria-Luise Bodirsky:
Sculpture "Metamorphose", bronze


Maria-Luise Bodirsky:
Sculpture "Metamorphose", bronze

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Ars Mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 199 exemplars | Signed | Serially numbered | Bronze | Format: 20 x 21 x 20 cm (W/H/D) | Weight ca. 2.8 kg

Maria-Luise Bodirsky: Sculpture "Metamorphose", bronze

Drawing strength from permanent transformation: Maria-Luise Bodirsky´s "Metamorphose"

Since 1994, the artist dedicates herself to the metamorphose theme. Ovid´s poem "Metamorphoses" – transformation stories from the antiquity sage world, about evolution and death – humans in their development, change, often even freezing and freeing from it - are fascinating her and inspire her to works about various human states. Each life stage of life includes getting rid of the old and the possibility of new beginning.

Sculpture in bronze. This series limited to 199 exemplars is signed and individually serially numbered. Hand cast using the lost wax technique. ars mundi exclusive edition. Format: 20 x 21 x 20 cm (W/H/D). Weight ca. 2.8 kg.

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*1952, Sculptor and Ceramist

Maria-Luise BodirskyMaria-Luise Bodirsky, born 1952, binds in her sculptures such basic elements as earth, water, fire and air. The clay is her elementary means of shaping, when she captures the inner and outer state of her figures, feels and portrays them.

Bodirsky receives inspiration from archaically charming artworks of the early history of humanity. The Egyptian high culture, the Greek mythology and the Old Testament as well as the modern literature, like works of Pablo Neruda, are the infinite source of her imaginativeness.

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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Sand casting

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.

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