Valerie Otte:
Sculpture "Thinking of You", Bronze


Valerie Otte:
Sculpture "Thinking of You", Bronze

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ars mundi Exklusiv-Edition | limitiert, 49 Exemplare | nummeriert | signiert | Bronze | patiniert | Format 22,5 x 26 x 10,5 cm (H/B/T) | Gewicht ca. 2,4 kg

Valerie Otte: Sculpture "Thinking of You", Bronze

Valerie Otte's bronze figures rarely portray portraits but rather sensitive character studies. They offer the viewer no pose, but the view of people to whom one involuntarily attributes an emotional inner life.
Otte's figures are completely at rest, so that the viewer believes he is watching an intimate moment. Nonetheless, they are "in the world", as is evident in their work "Thinking of You": The young woman sits lost in thought on a chair - perhaps in her quiet apartment, perhaps in a busy café - and looks pensively at her cell phone. It may be that she still hesitates to call a dear, missing person, maybe she is looking at a picture of her. But no doubt her thoughts are connected with the outside world. Valerie Otte gives the viewer a deep insight into the thoughts of her protagonist.

Sculpture in fine bronze. Cast by hand in lost wax casting and green / gray patina. Limited edition 49 copies, numbered and signed. Size 22.5 x 26 x 10.5 cm (H / W / D). Weight approx. 2.4 kg. ars mundi Exclusive Edition.

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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.

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

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