March 20 - September 4, 2010
St. James’s Church, London
'choleric, phlegmatic, melancholy, sanguine', Kher’s new sculpture to be shown in Southwood Garden, St. James’s Church, bristles with contorted mask-like faces and tentacles, looming with the spectacle of a woman impaled on one of her arms. In a clever inversion of the creation myth which begins with the churning of a sacred mountain by a serpent, Kher offers a quid pro quo of creation and sacrifice. This new work documents a terminal moment, an infernal grotesque form of a Kali goddess who represents the dissolution of an era where all karma and ego end.
Born in London in 1969, Bharti Kher’s art gives form to quotidian life and its daily rituals in a way that reassesses and transforms their meaning to yield an air of magical realism. Now living between London, UK and New Delhi, India, her use of found objects is informed by...
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