Woman from Bhopal, 1990
Title Woman from Bhopal, 1990
Accession Number acc-no-13335
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Old Wing Ground Floor
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Fiber Glass
Main Artist G. Ravinder Reddy
Brief Description 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.