Endure

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The perceived status attached to portraits and busts as well as people’s fascination with self-commemoration and immortality are a common theme in Ian Wolter’s work. For Endure a man’s bust made of unfired clay and a paint stripper gun are positioned on separate plinths that are facing each other. Activated by viewers moving in to look at the sculpture, the bust is dried unevenly by the hot air and slowly destroyed.