Sculpture – Stas, 1994-1997
In 1994 Bakowski decided to take his explorations in multiplicity, thus far developed in the field of painting and photography, onto a new level. Preceded by extensive technological trials and calculations, the process of making of the sculpture “Stas” was painstaking and time-consuming. Its subsequent stages were captured in photographs and video recordings which constitute a valuable supplement to the piece itself. The point of departure was a clay portrait of Bakowski’s friend, the philosopher Stanislaw Cichowicz. Taking it as a basis, the photographer executed eight plaster casts which he then divided. The final effect was a portrait of the philosopher that consisted of a number of his effigies fixed together.