Kathrina Sofie:
Sculpture "Tortoise", bronze


Kathrina Sofie:
Sculpture "Tortoise", bronze


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Ars mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 399 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Bronze | Honed | Patinated | Format: 8 x 6.5 x 8 cm (W/H/D)


Kathrina Sofie: Sculpture "Tortoise", bronze

Kathrina Sofie´s just emerging from its egg tortoise is a symbol of a new beginning and illustrates the possibility of focusing on a new perspective in any life situation. Sculpture cast in bronze, using the lost wax technique, honed and patinated. Limited series 399 exemplars, serially numbered and signed. Format: 8 x 6.5 x 8 cm (W/H/D). Exclusively at ars mundi.

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Portrait of the artist Kathrina Sofie The sculptor and painter Kathrina Sofie born in 1986

Sculptress and painter Kathrina Sofie is a trained sculptor, the focus of her style is located in the fantastic realism. In addition she learned in none other than Ernst Fuchs, which she also assisted temporarily and old masters painting techniques.

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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