Ravinder Reddy’s Devi

By layering elements of traditional Hindu imagery and contemporary popular culture and using modern materials and traditional sculptural methods, Ravinder Reddy transforms an ordinary woman into a monumental, richly colored sculpture of the great goddess. On view in the Sackler pavilion, visitors were greeted by Devi, one of Reddy’s iconic heads with large, lotus-shaped eyes that recall images of Hindu deities and brightly colored South Indian temple gateways. His subjects are females of various classes—prostitutes, bonded laborers, untouchables, and women from tribal communities—whose images have been made precious through the use of gold and enlarged scale.