© Yinka Shonibare CBE. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2021
From ‘Bugs – the Print Portfolio’ 2000
Shonibare has chosen for his subject an insect pest which causes serious damage throughout the world through its infestation of many types of harvested grain. The weevil is silhouetted against swirling black lines which possibly suggest its movement around the stored grain while the white spots represent the eggs it lays before the larvae emerge to devour and contaminate the grain.
The ten works which comprise Bugs – the Print Portfolio were generously donated by the artists for publication by the Byam Shaw School of Art in London to use as a means of raising funds for post-graduate scholarships. The series was produced in 2000 in an edition of 90.