limited editions of serial unica’s
Monica’s bronze sculptures are created in the tradition of the animaliers, the Sculptors who aim to capture the essence of an animal by working from it’s inside, it’s spirit and mood, outward. This sculpture work is complementary to the Monica’s paintings and drawings.
After casting a bronze sculpture Monica applies a finish and a patina by hand. To some bronzes she adds a unique polychrome layer.
Each bronze sculpture is individually created and made by request; it is signed and available only in a limited edition (maximum of 10). Casting and finishing of a sculpture requires 4 to 6 weeks.
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Creating a bronze
There are a number of different stages necessary in the process of creating a bronze sculpture. Monica begins the process by imagining the mood, and the movement, of the animal that she wants to create. She then constructs the framework to start building the body using pieces of soft wax. As Monica models the sculpture from it’s inside outward she ensures that the position of it’s skeleton is correct in preparation to forming it’s body mass.
The modelling can take up to several months before Monica is completely satisfied with the result. The next step is to make an appointment with the foundry where a form of silicon and plaster is cast from this original. Out of this form is cast a maximum of ten individual wax models. Monica then reworks and finishes, one at a time, each individual model before it is sent back to the foundry to be cast in bronze. When the bronze sculpture has been cast Monica works on it further to give it a unique finish. She also gives it a patina, and on occasion, a polychrome layer.