Permindar Kaur

Permindar Kaur

Feet, 2019

Permindar Kaur is an artist working primarily in sculpture and installation, based in Hertfordshire. A common theme throughout Kaur’s work has been the question of where ‘home’ is, often using dynamic, and sometimes fragile, architectural forms and precarious furniture to represent the concept of home in order to consider its effect on the formation of personal identities.

Growing a House consists of a number of vertical steel beams randomly and organically ‘growing’ out of the floor, centred around a fully grown structure of a house. The surface of the beams is covered with pruned steel branches, which are trimmed in such a way that the structure remains but it’s potential is restricted. For Kaur, the growth and alteration of the shape and surface of a habitable structure subtly changes its identity, reflecting the hybrid organic - non-organic growth needed to adapt and conform. “There is a sadness about the pruned house as it is not allowed to grow and reach its full potential identity. Looking abandoned, bits of itself have been removed even though it is made from hardened steel.

Kaur’s work is often playful, using childlike forms to explore the territory of cultural identity, often including figures fashioned from soft fleece that resemble half-stuffed toys. In Feet twenty-eight miniature pairs of sandal-wearing feet are walking, as on a busy street. Each pair seem to have a destination and purpose, though none appear to have realized that they are missing their bodies. The design of the footwear is inspired by traditional Indian sandals. However, made out of copper, they squeeze and pinch the split-toe socks. The softness of the fabric jars against the cold hard metal. The copper footwear acts like armour, protecting the feet, contradicting the vulnerability of having no bodies and giving them an air of comic menace.  

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