Cobus Haupt is an established bronze sculptor who draws on history, popular culture and tradition to produce artworks that are visually interesting, tactile and playful. The process and method of bronze casting informs Haupt’s work both formally and conceptually.
Haupt has a tendency to include cracks, flaws and unresolved imperfections which bear witness to the casting process and catalogues the tactile history of the bronze technique itself. At the same time, these fissures also comment on Haupt’s rendering of the human figure. Human beings are understood as unique, fragile and remarkable due to their so-called imperfections, flaws and scars. These human ‘defects’ and ‘deformities’ bear, as in the case of the bronze casting process, witness to their engagement with life. Due to the importance of the process, Haupt undertakes all the aspects of the sculpting process himself from the mould making to the casting.