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Bharti Kher

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Bharti Kher’s radically heterogeneous work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation. Sculptures she has made since the mid-2000s combine animal with human body parts to create hybrid female figures that confront the viewer with a compelling mixture of sexuality and monstrosity. Kher’s ‘bindi paintings’ are abstract and aesthetic, turning mass-produced consumerist items into artworks of sumptuous beauty. Bindis in Kher’s work operate as a language that the artist has invented to articulate and animate her themes. Over-arching themes in Kher’s works are the notion of the self as a multiple and culture’s openness to misinterpretation. She exploits the drama inherent in objects, tapping into mythologies and diverse associations a thing can bring. Recent shows include inevitable undeniable necessary, Hauser & Wirth, London (2010) and Virus, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2008).