Artist reka csapo dup
ABOUT THE WORK
In this theme I want to speak about the mystery of fire and the magical believeswhich are related to all... Read More
In this theme I want to speak about the mystery of fire and the magical believes
which are related to all metallurgical crafts in general.
The primitive man knew and used before the terrestrial iron, the meteoritic one.
But the metals in his opinion even they come from the earth even they had
heavenly origins had magical forces that is why not anybody could work with
In China and India, the melting pots, and the initiates, those who know the
rituals, kept around them a sacred area which was powered and guarded by
It exists a priestly caste, which was taking care and executing the metallurgical
works and kept the secrets regarding the technologies, which were transmitted
In Asia, building a foundry was an issue of virtue and had to be done by a pure
man who was familiar with the rites of the craft.
I will not continue with a cultural history of metallurgy, even it would be
interesting, because it is a very rich palette of rites and symbols.
But the connection between the mineral substances and Mother Earth is
obvious. What is common in all of them is that founders recall a magical-
religious experience specific to substances. This experience is very strongly
related to their heritage and the secrets are transmitted by initiation rites.
The lively and sacred material is transformed by a technological process which
has at his base another live and sacred element: Fire.
Being trained as sculptor, since I was a student I worked with fire and wax
having more the 20 years’ experience in bronze casting. The work was founded
mostly upon the so-called wax-losing process. During it the form which is
originally made by wax, and covered in a refractory material, is put in an oven
where it burns three days and nights at a certain degree. In this period of time,
the wax form which will be cast slowly melts and then burns out completely no
matter the size. In the empty place founder pour the melted bronze in, which is
melted in a crucible separately.
This is the reason why work with wax and encaustics is so familiar to me. From
this background reaching the Madonna-candles was one step which took a long
The theme of Madonna’s came to me since my childhood, where due to a very
religious grandmother we had in our home highly guarded and worshipped a
statue which is now mine. I was always thinking of it as goddess and never have
the smallest reason to doubt in her powers. For ten years now I write and think
different projects related to this issue, where most of them implicate fire and
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