Sister Box

William Kentridge
Sister Box, 2016
Bronze, oil paint
23 x 45 x 40 cm

In the _Three Sisters_, South African artist William Kentridge continues an ongoing series of painted bronzes. They are experiments in _trompe l'oeil_, visual illusions, deceiving the eye cardboard and wood sculptures are turned into bronze, which is painted to look like cardboard and wood. Picasso’s _Glass of Absinthe_ and polychrome sculptures of classical antiquity (which we see as white marble, but which were originally painted) are particular historical references for the series. As is Kentridge’s hallmark, these series of painted bronze heads interweave symbols as disparate as Chinese maps and scraps torn from a 1906 South African cash book.