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Ego Vivo / Self-portrait 25

Ego Vivo / Self-portrait 253

In a variety of ways the sculptor Casper Berger explores the self-portrait in three-dimensional
art. Two of his bronzes, thematising his own skin as a personal or cultural membrane between
inner and outer worlds, were to be seen in “Blickachsen 8”. This year, “Blickachsen 9” shows a
work dealing with the skeleton as the carrier of one’s identity. More than eight metres high,
Berger’s “Ego Vivo / Self-portrait 25” presents a giant replica of his right upper arm bone as a
bronze monument standing on a classical pedestal. Using a CT scanner and a 3D printer Berger
made an exact copy of his bone and enlarged it. For the artist, the bone functions as a pars pro
toto
, a part representing the whole. The three-dimensional copy is literally an image of his inner
self. Carved into the pedestal are the words “EGO VIVO”. This “I live” – delivered, no doubt,
with a wink of the eye – is a comment on the logical contradiction that one’s bones are not at
all a sign of life but rather of what remains after one dies. With an unexpected richness of
significance Berger’s self-portrait points to a thematic of identity, life and death, as well as to
the classical art of moumental sculpture and the tradition of veneration of relics.

Year 2013
Type cast bronze, concrete, ed 1/3
Dimensions 820 x 180 x 180 cm
Shown at Blickachsen 9, Bad Homburg