Raised in London, Bharti Kher studied Fine Art and Painting at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. Now living and working in New Delhi, she has a growing international reputation for creating fantastical, surreal environments.
In her first UK solo show, the artist uses the symbol of a tree in her sculptureSolarum Series. The tree appears in the ancient mythologies of many cultures. Kher uses these references, including the mythical warnings of the speaking tree and combines them with contemporary references, such as the recent biological advances of cloning, and rejection personified in the fallen tree. Instead of leaves or fruit, the branches of Solarum Series bear the heads of hundreds of creatures.
Attia's work explores questions of community, diversity, belonging and exile and the tangle of identity conflicts in the age of globalisation. Square Dreams at BALTIC creates an apocalyptic vision of western consumerism.