Bharti Kher

nothing marks the perimeter, just a hollow sound echoes

2011
Bharti Kher transforms common decorative materials into evocative artworks that fuse mysticism and the mass market, evoking questions about contemporary identity and its relation to place. Bindis are the Delhi-based artist's preferred medium; the felt "third eye" applied to the forehead has ties to traditional Hindu religious practice yet is now often worn simply as a cosmetic accessory. Here, thousands of bindis form abstract patterning that is at once terrestrial and spiritual, expansive and microscopic. Undulating rhythms are the hallmark of this triptych, which reconciles the shifting meanings of a ubiquitous South Asian cultural emblem steeped in history.
Artist
Title
nothing marks the perimeter, just a hollow sound echoes
Date
2011
Medium
Painting
Materials
Bindis on painted board
Dimensions
243 x 182 cm each
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 2012
Accession number
45547.1-3