Sharon Reid

 

If you have a spare 25 grand burning a hole in your deep pockets, how about investing in a MILF? Otherwise known as Edgar Askelovic’s hyperrealistic sculpture of Kate Moss which recently debuted at London’s Opera Gallery. Gallery director, Jean-David Malat first conceived the concept after being impressed by Askelovic’s controversial Diamond Dog-inspired sculpture of David Bowie – as half-man, half-dog – and asked the artist to create a piece, depicting Kate Moss as a combination of Venus, icon and mannequin – a fitting goddess of the fashion industry.

Askelovic spent four months meticulously handcrafting the 80kg sculpture from photographs alone, using top quality platinum silicone, with eyes made from eerily realistic, UV-resistant Polyurethane Resin.

Malat said: “Edgar drove from Germany with the sculpture to show me. At 29, he is a young artist and this sculpture has been created through photographs alone, which is amazing.

Jean-David Malat & Edgar Askelovic

“MILF has no arms, implying both Venus and dummy, simultaneously. Kate Moss could have been a mannequin, but instead she has became a goddess in the fashion industry.”

Askelovic gave an insight into his craft, adding: “All of my artworks are made by myself, from A to Z. Sculpting, mould-making, casting, colouring, sanding, polishing and crate making.

“Many artists and hyperrealistic sculptors use factories to produce their art, with some of them using already existing body parts such as eyes and teeth.”

MILF is a continuation of Askelovic’s penchant for immortalising celebrities; he shot to fame with his hyperrealistic sculptures of Andy Warhol as an 83-year-old man, Queen Elizabeth as a busker, Amy Winehouse in a flower-festooned tomb and the aforementioned David Bowie. In terms of celebrity realness, Askelovic certainly gives Madame Tussauds’ a run for its money!

For further information please visit:

www.operagallery.com

www.works.io/edgar-askelovic