Elizabeth O’Kane works with a method of bronze casting known as lost wax. This method is complicated and labour intensive, requiring much interaction between the artist and the foundry. From start to finish there are roughly five stages. These can be simplified as positive, negative, positive, negative, positive.
1. The original sculpture is modelled by the artist in clay. This is the first positive. Any material can be used such as polystyrene, wax, wood, stone, etc.