||Sculpted in fibre glass on a grand scale, Reddy s monumental
female heads and nudes are among the most visible and
recognizable examples of contemporary South Asian Art. His works
suggest a multifaceted femininity that is at once rooted in the
past whilst embracing the contemporary world.
Decorated with brightly coloured thick red car paint and gold
gilt, Reddy s sculptures appear to be kitsch personified. Their
wide open eyes, bold, rhythmic silhouette, elaborate hair styles,
lipstick smeared pursed lips, coiled hair with plastic bands and
ribbons stage the relations between memory, history, mythology
and contemporary reality, the ironies of modern societies.
However, their grand, confrontational stance and unblinking stare
prevents them from becoming a comic spectacle. They would be
neither out of place in a modern bazaar nor in an Indian temple.
These female figures are dispassionate and impersonal, however
there is a kind of alertness in their expression.