Nick Knight, 2014
Kate Moss, 2014
Limited edition 25 + 2 AP
Porcelain white, biscuit
Size 35,5 x 61 x 16 cm
The photographer Nick Knight has been portraying international supermodel Kate Moss for more than two decades. As one of the most photographed women in the world who has been accompanied by Knight for many years, Moss serves as the subject of his work. In cooperation with the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, the world famous photographer has eternalised a three-dimensional portrait of the Briton in biscuit porcelain for the first time.
The figurine developed in the master workshops of Nymphenburg in 2014 is reminiscent of Christian iconography. Attributes such as the filigree crown of thorns and the voluminous loincloth make reference to religious relics. Spreading wings like those of an angel enhance the transcendental appearance. In this way, the limited art edition from Nick Knight follows in the footsteps of the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg by creating traditional sacred representations using characteristic bonds - at the same time, however, the "Kate Moss" composition should be understood as a separate piece independent of fixed interpretation. Knight depicts Kate Moss as an intact, iconic beauty who boasts classic, timeless elegance.
The exact image of her beauty unfolds thanks to the wealth of detail in delicate white biscuit porcelain. The artist achieves nearly photo-realistic effects and allows his signature style to transcend an artistic medium outside of his range. Knight conveys his sensibilities from the two-dimensional realm in a three-dimensional space to create a 'photographic sculpture.'
Transforming the model three-dimensionally without a loss of photographic imagery precision presented a particular challenge for the experts at Nymphenburg. Due to the expansive wingspan, the highly complex burning process was adapted and a special kind of bedding was made from a heat-resistant cotton wool for the body. This particular product development required cooperating with Aerospace Engineering specialists based on its use of lightweight materials that could withstand extreme temperatures.
Nymphenburg porcelain was discovered as a material for religious figures early on - the white porcelain gives the figures transcendent character. Mainly as courtly commissions arose, these figures came to include the most outstanding artistic designs from Nymphenburg. In particular, artwork by Franz Anton Bustelli and sculptures by Franz Ignaz Günther fathered extraordinary skill in composition and surface treatment. Even today, they are made according to the original Rococo template in Nymphenburg as an unlimited edition from the 18th century.