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Yellow Birds, 2019 Copper and Polar Fleece

Permindar Kaur creates sculptural objects and installations that explore the territory of cultural identity, home and belonging. Seemingly innocent, Kaur creates small figures and animals in soft fleece that invoke ideas around childhood and domestic spaces. However, the comforting fabric is embellished with the cold contours of copper and steel. Each figure is armed with claws, horns and beaks, giving them an air of comic menace.

In Yellow Birds five darkly comical creatures hang lifelessly side-by-side, each equipped with alarmingly sharp copper claws and beaks. Each bird wears one of the five Ks, symbols from the Sikh religion.

Permindar Kaur

Permindar Kaur has shown work in key group exhibitions in major galleries and institutions in the UK and abroad, including At Home with Art, Tate Gallery, London (2000); Krishna the Divine Lover, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2000); Flexible Co- existence, Art Tower Mito, Japan (1997), solo show at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (1996) & Mead Gallery, Coventry (1996), British Art Show, Manchester, Edinburgh & Cardiff (1995), Hiding Out, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham (May 2014), Interlopers, University of Hertfordshire (2016) and Black and Blue, New Art Projects, London (2017).

Public sculpture commissions include Playtime, Hakata Riverain, Fukuoka, Japan (1999), Dudes, North Shields Ferry Terminal, Newcastle (2002), and Tower, Spirella Building, Letchworth (2014).

Twitter: @permindar_kaur / Instagram: @permindarkaur

Hertfordshire Open 2020

This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between and and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.

Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.

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