Ghada Amer, a New York based contemporary artist born in Cairo and trained in France, has been a regular visitor to the foundry in the past few months. Her works both sculptural and two-dimensional depict sexually charged, often erotic images commenting on the role and representation of the female nude as it has evolved throughout history in the art world.
We feel fortunate to work with Ghada at this pivotal point in her career. Notable works of hers in the past dealt primarily with embroidering, or rather, painting in thread. With upcoming exhibitions in Seoul Korea at Kukje Gallery and then in New York City at Cheim & Reid next spring, she is now casting works in stainless steel. Her most recent finished piece, Blue Bra Girls, seemed to light up every corner of the foundry. The artist began work on the piece by executing a line drawing over an egg shaped form, slightly over 6 feet tall. Lengths of resin were laid over the line drawing. Once the resin had set, it was cut in to manageable sections for molding. From these sections, we made silicone rubber molds in order to produce waxes. Each piece was cast in 316 stainless steel through the lost wax process. Once the sections were cast, the egg form was reassembled, welded, chased and the entire sculpture was mirror polished inside and out.
Images of Amer’s sculpture installed at the FIAC art fair in Paris, late October 2012.
Images courtesy of Tina Kim Gallery/Cheim & Read