Rebirth of ‘Metal’

January 27, 2023

A Team

Sculptures using bronze in art history are old enough to be discovered even in ancient Egypt, but sculptures using aluminum are not very old. Through bronze, one of the oldest metal materials in sculpture, and aluminum, which has a relatively short history, the artist reinterpreted the formative elements such as form, material, color, and texture as a contemporary sculpture.

Ancient Egyptian bronzes

All three works are ‘hybrid mutants’. The works using aluminum are Tiger Shark and Bull Man, and the works using bronze are Horse Ram.

Horse Ram, Tiger Shark, Bull Man

Tiger Shark combines a shark tail with a tiger’s back. The tiger and shark were 3D modeled to emphasize the texture of the body, printed, and cast from aluminum. It is larger than the size of a real tiger, and the exaggerated teeth and claws and muscle definition are expressed in detail.

Tiger Shark, 2020, Aluminum, 280 x 124 x 154 cm
Aluminum Casting-Tiger Shark

Bull Man hybridizes a human body with a bull’s head, gives a cold and sharp feeling due to the nature of the material. It can be evaluated as the work that best shows the strengths of the 3D modeling technique by maximizing the texture by expressing the muscles of the face and body in detail such as shape, material, color, and texture.

Bull Man, 2020, Aluminum, 83 x 100 x 130 cm
Detail view-Bull Man

Horse Ram is a hybrid of a horse’s face with a ram’s horn. Unlike the smooth horse’s face, each muscle and tendon were emphasized. As if surprised, the eyes and open mouth were found with a bewildered expression on their face.

Horse Ram, 2020, Bronze, 86 x 70 x 80 cm
Horse Ram, 2020, Bronze, 86 x 70 x 80 cm

Aluminum and bronze are suitable as materials for sculpture because they have low reactivity among metals and are easy to smelt. Although the artist currently uses only two metals, she is continuing her research on the diversity of materials, keeping in mind the possibility of new materials among metals such as gold, silver, and copper.