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Bharti Kher's Solarium Series Analysis

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Introduction

Artist: Bharti Kher Piece: Solarium Series Solarium Series explores the biological advances in animal cloning represented by a tree, referenced from the speaking tree in mythology that spoke of warnings, but it also looks at rejection personified by the fallen tree. This, perhaps, is Kher's way of showing her opinion of animal cloning, and that she feels she needs to "warn" people about this advance in science, with her feeling of rejection as cloning is still happening today. Or, Kher could be trying to voice the opinion of the animals represented by the animal heads on the trees as they may not wish to have tests done on them and to be cloned, but are rejected as they cannot voice this opinion. The piece looks at many kinds of issues, issues in politics and morality as to whether cloning is the right or wrong thing to do, but also looks at religious issues, as many people may see cloning as "playing god". These different issues will create different opinions for different people making it a very interesting piece of work. ...read more.

Middle

This fallen tree is to represent rejection, and the other tree acting as a warning. It is almost like the warning tree is saying this is what could happen, referring to the fallen dead tree, affirming the works message more so. The colour scheme used is quite pale, with pastel colours. The animal heads on the tree are a light pink flesh colour, attached to a light beige tree. These colours together are quite harmonious and work well together, with the fleshy colour being the most predominate with approximately 500 heads attached to the tree. The main shape is that of the tree, as even though there are no leaves on the tree the final piece is still in the shape of a tree; however there are smaller recurring shapes, mainly in the 500 round shapes heads, but there are also recurring lines and shapes in the branches of the trees. There isn't a variety of textures in the work, the wood and soil feeling quite soft and smooth, with the heads also being quite smooth with slight bumps in the detail of the heads. ...read more.

Conclusion

It wasn't until I moved closer and around the piece that I realised they were heads of different animals. These feelings are similar to those when walking towards anything where the detail isn't noticeable until viewed up close, except I felt more intrigued by the piece. Kher may have felt feelings of anger or sadness based on the issue behind the work, but she may also have been questioning the work she was producing and whether it represents what she wants, whether the viewer will enjoy to view it. The piece is quite noisy and disturbing when looking at the fallen tree that will have crashed against the floor, but other parts of the tree are quiet looking at the silent heads of the tree. For me the work evoked a mood of the moment; however I feel the work could directly affect viewers who have their own issues on animal testing and cloning, or may see the work and have feelings evoked linked to the environment and the cutting down of trees. Either way, I feel the emotions evoked from this piece are mainly sad, serious feelings making the work intriguing to view. ...read more.

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