We recently announced our collaboration with Nicolas Holiber, his first edition and first work in Bronze 'Mask of a Woman' is a special one. For this edition Holiber wanted to explore his work in different mediums, i.e. bronze. He approaches these masks from a painter’s perspective; using painterly materials and methods to make the work. However, he felt that presenting it as a sculpture kind of questions the integrity of the two mediums and forces them to compete with one another. If you'd like to find out exactly how the masks were created have a read below!
First a 3D model of the original mask is generated, this then gets printed in PMMA. A casting system made of wax gets attached to this model and the structure gets embedded into a molding
material. This lump get placed into a kiln and burned, the high heat hardens the molding material but burns the PMMA and wax away leaving a perfect hollow shape behind. We now have a mold to pour the liquid metal in!
The mold is now filled with bronze and left to harden. Once the bronze is properly settled we free the mask by breaking the mold around it. For the finishing touches the mask gets welded, chased and patinated to perfection. ✨
If you're curious find out more about this collaboration here: