The artist's larger-than-life hybrid avatar debuts in London
Always an artist with a knack for poignant, poetic titles, Bharti Kher’s latest work, unveiled at the opening of Frieze Sculpture 2018 on 4 July at Regent’s Park, London, is curiously called The Intermediary Family. To anyone who has visited her studio, the work immediately brings to mind a cabinet in which she keeps a collection of figurines resembling members of the Hindu pantheon of deities. Except the scale is larger than life-sized—4.8m, her biggest so far. While the work is new, dating to 2018, it exists harmoniously in continuity within her larger, daring narrative of hybrid beings constituted by what she calls “half-things". She describes this new cross-breed family as “spectral avatars of the goddess and shaman healers for a city: Frieze Sculpture Park" in the description accompanying her picture of it on Instagram. “Till October they stand here sending and receiving your wishes," she adds at the end, enticing viewers to visit.