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.