From the publisher:
"In 2003, Wim Botha's first solo exhibition at Stevenson, Speculum, included the paper bust Self-portrait as a Common Ancestor. Text accompanying the exhibition stated: 'Botha's installations reflect on the individual's absorption into the encompassing hierarchical structures of statehood and society. By visually interfering with venerated forms of art, artefact and decoration, he offers comment on the distorted and ephemeral nature of grandeur and tradition.' He has subsequently continued to produce busts carved from stacks of bibles, dictionaries and encyclopaedias, from wood – as in his 2012 exhibition, A Thousand Things – and, increasingly abstracted, cast in bronze. All of these are reproduced in Busts 2003–2012, tracing the development of Botha's distinctive art form over the course of almost a decade."
20.1 x 21.4 cm | 108 pages | softcover