BP: I would like our readers to understand how hard is the work you do. Not everyone is aware of the number of stages you go through when making a bronze sculpture. If I’m not mistaken it goes like this:
- Sketch in clay
- Construction for the right sculpture, e.g. in metal and wood
- Creating the right model in clay on this construction
- Cover the model with silicone mass
- Removing of silicone – in this way a silicone form is created
- Pouring hot wax into the silicone mold….it is a lot!
Can you describe the next stages?
AK: Yes of course. The finished wax castings are drawn from silicone and a very complex waxing treatment begins.
The next stage is the manufacture of a ceramic mold according to a wax model followed by the firing of the mold in a kiln.
The wax during firing is melted down and the ceramic mold for bronze pouring remains.
After casting the bronze, the whole process of chasing, welding, grinding is performed and so the process can be repeated several times until the desired result is obtained.
For me, a very valuable composition “The Lion King” for example, was chasing during the whole month practically without any days off, and for 8-10 hours of work every day. During this time, you can make a new sculpture. So this is a very complicated and costly process.
BP: I am sure you will agree that sculpturing is a huge job. Why have you decided to work with this technique?
AK: Classic art is closest to me, I understand that it will always be difficult for me with my technique among the great sculptures of antiquity. But I hope that I am doing something unique, modern, and on my own, as firstly and above all, I want to make my sculptures look beautiful and original.
BP: What is most difficult for you in creating a sculpture? – To find an idea? Or complete the process of transferring the idea into clay or other above-mentioned stages?
AK: I have a lot of ideas for creating sculptures. Unfortunately, there is not always enough time and money to implement them. The most difficult thing for me is transferring the idea into clay, an example is the “The World is Theater” sculpture, I molded the hands for four days, I molded one wrist in one day and spent three more days with another. It was difficult as the gestures of the hands did not come up the way I intended. What you now see in the end result of this sculpture is the work I sought with love and patience.
BP: Is the bronze alloy you use made for your special order or is it a typical casting alloy?
AK: This is a typical cast alloy. Bronze is a durable alloy consisting mainly of copper. Zinc, lead and other components are also added to the alloy. Bronze is widely used in all spheres of life: for the manufacture of dishes, medals, plaques, sculptures.
As early as 3 millennia BC, bronze vessels and sculptures were already poured in Mesopotamia. Nowadays this art form is no less popular now than thousands of years ago.
BP: We, at the BeArte Gallery, are intrigued to see the sculpture “The World is Theater”. It is amazing. Great anatomy, silhouettes, gesture, allegory. Can you tell something more about this sculpture?
AK: It is going to be bronze sculpture and covered with an exclusive patina, it will be a limited edition. Each copy will be exclusive. For each sculpture, I plan to make a coating of a different color.