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Artist Self-Portrait in Studio with Oh Boy! Bronze Mirror of Nude Men
Traditional Patina Signature Reflected Oh Boy! Bronze Mirror of Nude Men
Traditional Patina Oh Boy! Bronze Mirror of Nude Men
Opaque Tan Patina Oh Boy! Bronze Mirror of Nude Men
Detail Opaque Tan Patina Oh Boy! Bronze Mirror of Nude Men
Detail Opaque Tan Patina Oh Boy! Bronze Mirror of Nude Men
Oh Boy! Bronze Mirror of Nude Men
Detail Opaque Tan Patina Oh Boy! Bronze Mirror of Nude Men
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Oh Boy! Bronze Mirror of Nude Men

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Oh Boy! Mirror of Male Nude Figures

The bronze mirror titled "Oh Boy!" is the first time I have created a functional work of art. While I carved stone (my Lips Series) during the day, I worked on the men at night. This bronze composition features five nude males arranged to create a frame around a mirror. This project was great fun and I even signed my name in the lower part of the frame in reverse, such that the reflection in the mirror would read correctly.

This is considered a bas-relief sculpture, which means the forms are compressed.  (Most wall-hanging sculptures are reliefs, bas mean "low" in French. The other is a high-relief, which means the sculpture is more 3-d with less compression.)

 

Oh Boy!

bronze mirror
limited edition of 99
14.5" h x 9.5" w
© 2006 Kelly Borsheim

     Your choice of patina:  Traditional (transparent) or the "tan granite opaque" patina, shown here as well.  The easel is sold separately, but the mirror bottom is at a slant, so perhaps it is better to hang on a wall.  Note that the signature is written into the bronze in such a way that it reads correctly only in the mirror.

 

Creating the Bronze Mirror:

The image below is the original sculpture in plastilina (an oil-based clay). A mold was made and then the artist cast each wax herself. The wax (shown below that) was chased and taken to the bronze foundry for casting.

 

Original Clay Bas Relief Sculpture Prior to Mold Making
Wax sculpture prior to casting into Bronze

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