Valerie Otte:
Sculpture "Thinking of You", green/grey bronze version
Valerie Otte:
Sculpture "Thinking of You", green/grey bronze version

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 49 copies | numbered | signed | bronze | patinated | size 22.5 x 26 x 10.5 cm (h/w/d) | weight approx. 2.4 kg

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Sculpture "Thinking of You", green/grey bronze version
Valerie Otte: Sculpture "Thinking of You", green/grey bro...

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Sculpture "Thinking of You", green/grey bronze version

Valerie Otte's bronze figures rarely present actual portraits but instead sensitive character studies. They do not offer the viewer a pose but rather a view of people to whom one involuntarily attributes an emotional inner life.
Otte's figures are completely at peace with themselves, making the viewers believe they are witnessing an intimate moment. Nevertheless, they are "in the world", which is particularly clear in her work entitled "Thinking of You": The young woman sits on a chair, lost in thought - perhaps in a quiet flat, perhaps in a busy café - and gazes pensively at her mobile phone. It may be that she is still hesitating to call a dear, missing person, or perhaps she is looking at a photo of them. However, there is no doubt that her thoughts are connected to the outside world. Valerie Otte gives the viewer deep insight into the world of her protagonist's thoughts.

Sculpture in fine bronze. Hand-cast using the Lost-Wax-Process and patinated green/grey. Limited edition of 49 copies, numbered and signed. Size 22.5 x 26 x 10.5 cm (h/w/d). Weight approx. 2.4 kg. ars mundi Exclusive Edition.

Portrait of the artist Valerie Otte

About Valerie Otte

Insight into the human soul

Otte's art can be described as a play of the eyes at distance, which is a classical description for figurative sculpture. The rule: Close observation. In her works, the artist translates everything that she saw in the world as a quiet emotion, a small gesture or a moment of truthfulness. The viewer then "reads" these traces cast in bronze and soon no longer sees mere sculptures but personalities. It is a game that educates - not only for art but also for the world.

Valerie Otte (born in 1977) studied sculpture and art history in London and Berlin. She followed up with a diploma in product design in Potsdam – this path describes perfectly the approach and versatility of her work.

Otte's work as a sculptor in her Berlin studio is primarily figurative. Her bronze figures are rarely actually portraits (although she has made and continues to make some portraits from models). They are sensitive character studies of great emotional and psychological depth, which allow the viewer an insight into their inner lives without exaggerated "posing", simply through quiet suggestion and barely perceptible gesture. In the process, Otte's figures usually rest within themselves so that the viewer almost believes witnessing an intimate moment.