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Before Kali consists of 108 small- scale clay figurines informed by research into terra cotta artifacts from 3500 B.C until the advent of stylization of the female figure (predating the emergence of Goddess Kali in the Hindu pantheon) in India.
Through the trace of my hand, I am embedding female subjectivity onto forms traditionally made by men. I excavate the diversity of female bodies created prior to currently normative renditions – heavyset, one- breasted, full figured, boyish women, adorned in classical tradition, to generate tension between corpulence and sublime patterning of ornaments. Within each work are references to mythological stories and incarnations of the Goddess that emerge as hybrids; absorbing materials like washers, pins and coral. They are rendered in three postures - the legs of those standing or sitting disappear into an enlarged yoni from the Indus Valley tradition. The sculptures in birthing position refer to the fertility goddess Lajja Gauri. The series is divided into 36 standing, sitting and squatting sculptures exhibited together.

Before Kali Number 71
wood, stone, paint, varnish, crystals, wire
2014
Before Kali Number 70 (in progress)
wood, wire, crystals
2014
Before Kali Number 69
clay, stone, paint, varnish
2014
Before Kali Number 68
clay, stone, wire, paint, varnish
2014
Before Kali Number 67
clay, stone, wire, paint, varnish, metal washers
2014
Before Kali Number 66 front
clay, stone, paint, varnish
2014
Before Kali Number 66 back
clay, stone, paint, varnish
2014
Before Kali, Number 65 (in progress)
clay, wood, wire, coral
2014
Before Kali Number 64
clay, stone, paint, varnish, crystals
2014
Before Kali Number 63
clay, stone, paint, varnish, wire, metal studs, screws and wire
2014
Before Kali Number 62
clay, wood, crystals, wire, paint, varnish
2014
Before Kali Number 61
clay, stone, paint, varnish, crysals
2014
Before Kali Number 60
clay, stone, wire, paint, varnish, crystals
2014
Before Kali Number 59
clay, stone, paint, varnish, crysals, wood, plastic
2014
Before Kali Number 58
clay, stone, paint, varnish, wire
2013
Before Kali Number 57
clay, wood, wire, coral, paint, varnish
2013
Before Kali Number 56 Collection of Benjamin Aaron
clay, stone, paint, varnish, metal washers, crystals
2013
Before Kali Number 55
clay, stone, wire, paint, varnish, metal washers
2013
Before Kali Number 54 back
clay, stone, paint, varnish, wire
2013
Before Kali Number 53
clay, stone, paint, varnish, mirror
2014
Before Kali Number 52
clay, stone, paint, varnish, crysals, wood
2013
Before Kali Number 51
clay, stone, paint, varnish, enamel on copper, wire, plastic
2013
Before Kali Number 50
clay, stone, paint, varnish, enamel on copper, wire, plastic
2013
Before Kali Number 49
clay, stone, paint, varnish, wire
2013
Before Kali Number 48
clay, stone, paint, varnish, wire
2013
Before Kali Number 47
clay, wood, metal leaf, wire, paint, varnish
2013
Before Kali Number 46
clay, wood, crystals, wire, paint, varnish, plastic
2013
Before Kali Number 44
clay, wood, paint, varnish
2013
Before Kali Number 43
clay, stone, paint, varnish,
2013
Before Kali. Number 2
Clay, Wood, Paint Varnish
2013
Before Kali. Number 1
Clay, Wood, Paint Varnish
2013