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"Rosie, the topology of the torso" -  laminated MDF

Olivier Duhamel

 

H 45cm  -  17.7 in
Weight 3.4kg - 11 pounds
Date of execution: November 20
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Orginal Edition of 10 sold out
Other editions available in various sizes and materials and different slice orientation:
Unlimited edition at 45cm in 3mm MDF
Unlimited edition at 45cm in 3mm Acrylic.
Unlimietd edition at 60cm in 4mm plywood.

Where to buy. or  contact me.


Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel 
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Rosie wins awards:
1- Deviation of the day on www.deviantart.com

2- Public Choice award - Waitakere art trust exhibition 2013
3- Shell Todd Oil Services Ltd 3D Award for “Rosie, the Topology of the Torso” exhibited at the Taranaki National Art awards 2013 .( http://www.taranakiartawards.co.nz/winners.html )

 

Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel
"I love this! Absolutely beautiful. Nicely done."
L. Frey, NC
 

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"We have had so much interest in Rosie, people seem to fall in love with her
!"  Sarah, Akl
Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel

Rosie” drew so many admirers into the gallery. K,NZ

 
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She is beautiful and someone has put deposit on her already.... N, Sydney

“Rosie” is both new and old. As a laminated sculpture, the piece is a departure from bronze, Olivier Duhamel’s favourite medium. On the other hand, the artist has remained loyal to his usual inspiration with the female anatomy.

Executed with modern technologies, “Rosie” is a contemporary interpretation of a classical theme. Her classical and elegant curves will be gracing the street of Oneroa village during the month long SCULPT Oneroa exhibition opening on Waiheke Island on January 18th

Nude sculpture in laminated mdf - Duhamel

Description: The sculpture was inspired from the live pose of a young woman who has been modelling for my life drawing class. I took several pictures from different viewpoints and used these images as references when making the sculpture in digital clay. There is no particular message or symbolism in the piece. I simply wanted to capture the gracefulness of my model's pose. I have slightly exaggerated her curves.


The construction method is laminated MDF. Each slice has been laser cut with a sequence numbers engraved and alignment pin holes to help me reassemble the puzzle accurately.  The slices have then been manually assembled with PVA glue and sealed with shellac. I have decided to leave these numbers and holes visible in the final piece, as a memento of the process.

(laser cutting services by Modeltech)

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curves, curves, curves    
 

 Even though the "pancake" effects makes for an irregular surface, the amount of details that can be suggested is still amazing. Click on the thumbnails to view larger images.


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For an idea of scale
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The laser leaves a dark burn mark on the side of each slice. Instead of cleaning these marks, I have preserved the two colours for an interesting highlight effect, even in dark location.

French flair meets Kiwi ingenuity, classical form meets contemporary technology.


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I am speechless...This is awe-inspiring. I clicked the link not knowing I would be blown away. IQFREAK
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Really really beautiful, love the whole concept just epically Awesome!!!  Lisa-Irabelle-94

Unlike wood, MDF does not shrink or split. The sculpture is strong and durable but not suitable for outdoor display as water will damage the MDF. Shellac naturally repeals dust and maintenance should be minimum. I like the idea of using a humble material such as a MDF and turning it into a work of art.

 

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Goodness me…I unpacked Rosie only an hour ago and already she has drawn so many people into the gallery. Extraordinary! She’s a people magnet. A. NZ
Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel
With my Picasso in the background.
Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel

 
From the Palaeolithic “Venuses”, the Egyptians of the Amarna period, the numerous Aphrodites of the greek Hellenistic period, the Roman goddesses by Praxiletes to the more contemporary sculptures by celebrated artists such as Aristide Maillol, Auguste Rodin, Gaston Lachaise, João Cutileiro, Judith Brown, or Anita Huffington to name but just a few, the torso has been a persistent source of inspiration for artists throughout the ages and civilizations

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Only two days in the window and she was gone…please send me another one  Loic Besson- France

Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel 

Is this suitable for public display in contemporary New Zealand? I personally find nothing offensive in the graceful representation of human nudity and believe that it should continue to be celebrated through the arts. Hiding nudity from children is perpetuating a sad culture of guilt.

 

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"Never seen anything like it before" C. Paris

 

Art Galleries interested in stocking this sculpture please contact me.


Olivier Duhamel in his workshop
Working on "Rosie"
Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel
"Would you believe that 'Rosie' has sold already!"
Anna, Akl
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Seriously impressive... Kenneth Mykland, Norway

 
Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel

Bellissima! Sergio Cherici


Maintenance: No particular maintenance required. “Rosie” is not suitable for outdoor display and must be kept dry.

Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel

Very impressive. She is superb and… surprising! Great Art.. Jean-Marc Marcelino

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This is such an original concept, and a perfect, flawless execution! I love how simple yet complex this is. Great work!
Ophelion

Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel Rosie striking a pose
Rosemary was my model for this torso. Here she is striking her graceful pose.
Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamel

Sculpture in laminated Plywood - female torso - duhamel
This is incredible, it’s amazing, beautiful, and a lovely example of a modern day sculpture :) AliyaBloodHeart
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Sculpture in laminated MDF - female torso - duhamelAbsolutely fantastic.  Amazing piece of art.  Meema 
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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