On this page you will find a series of self-portraits by the artist. These works are process – and – performance-based sculptural renditions of the self.
This selfportrait weighs exactly 103 kg (my body weight at the time).
This copper selfportrait has anti-microbial properties because it was made from pure copper. The anti-microbial aspect of copper is termed the ‘oligodynamic effect’ and is the reason why many hospitals are switching to brass and copper alloys for all their fittings – for example, brass doorknowbs disinfect themselves approximately every 8 hours. The work was madeby literally pouring the cruxible filled with melted copper onto a fireproof brick surface, leaving it to set and adding stainless steel mounting brackets.
I consider the work in the tradition of Dorian Grey, albeit in modified form: In a compoelte reversal of the protrait of Dorian Grey, here the self-portrait will forever be frozen in the moment, healthy and young, whereas its double – me – will eventually be undone by the ordinary processes of ageing and living.
‘Selfportrait with skull’, 2016, 3D of the artist and human skull scan cast in bronze, white patina, approx 50 x 15 x 20cm. Edition of 6. Special thanks to and made in collaboration with Dionysus Sculpture Works, Pretoria. (Photograph by Johan Thom).
‘Selfportrait as an ass’. 2016. Johan Thom. Found objects (donkey’s head in Material One courtesy Dsw Dionysus Sculpture Works ; Concise Oxford dictionaries, signed by my maternal grandfather J.F. Besselaar 1979; reproduction full-scale human skeleton; casts of my hands and feet in Material One & mixed media). Shown here as installed at ‘Foundations and Futures’ – the Bag Factory’s 25th anniversary exhibition held October 2016.