The artist, who has lived and worked in New Delhi since 1993, reflects on the state of women in the world in general and specifically in India, seeing herself as an artistic ethnographer.
Kher‘s central motif in painting is the bindi, which comes from Hindu tradition and is an ancient symbol of beauty and spiritual awareness. Women in India wear the bindi on their foreheads every day. Kher transforms and “paints“ artworks with the stick-on-dots; e.g. her life-size elephant sculpture from 2006, The Skin Speaks a Language Not its Own, has a surface consisting of innumerable bindis. This piece was her breakthrough into the international art scene.
Her oeuvre includes painting, sculpture, ready-made objects, hybrids, and installation. Kher’s art combines aesthetic, political, traditional, and post-colonial aspects. An important part of her work deals with representations of the female body.
“All artists are deeply influenced by where they work and live,“ she said in an interview in 2015. “When I want you to look at my work, I want you to experience it physically.“
Degrees and exhibitions:
Bharti Kher received her BA Honours in Fine Art-Painting from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1991.
Her work has been featured in many solo exhibitions and group shows all over the world, e.g. in the Saatchi Collection, London, Centre Pompidou, Paris or 20th Biennale of Sydney.
For more information: bhartikher.com
Photo Credits: Anay Mann, Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth 2010 © Anay Mann/Photoink