Valerie Otte:
Sculpture "Security" (Version without Base), Bronze


Valerie Otte:
Sculpture "Security" (Version without Base), Bronze

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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 49 copies | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Patinated | Format 28 x 18 x 14.5 cm (H/W/D) | Weight 6.6 kg

Valerie Otte: Sculpture "Security" (Version without Base), Bronze

The Berlin artist succeeds to describe complex human emotions in her sensitive, figurative works. In the "Security" a variation of the old mother-child motif is raised. While the mother is holding the child lovingly in her arms, it perceives the environment with curiosity - soon the child will start to conquer the world relying on protection and security of the mother.

It is about taking care of somebody and therefore knowing that eventually you will have to let them go. Edition in bronze. Lost wax casting, patinated by hand. Limited edition of 49 copies, numbered and signed. Format 28 x 18 x 14.5 cm (H/W/D). Weight 6.6 kg. Ars mundi special 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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