Covered in vivid blue powdered pigment, this fiberglass concave hemisphere symbolizes Devi in her deep blue form of Kali (literally, dark-skinned one), the great cosmic mother. On a visit to India in 1979, British sculptor Anish Kapoor was intrigued by the mounds of colored powders piled up in stalls outside Hindu temples. Back in Britain, he started exploring the possibilities of using these powdered pigments, first on their own, and then to cover his fiberglass hemispherical depths -- ovals, and rounded cavities -- all intended to evoke femininity and the Great Goddess.


At the Hub of Things

The form of this sculpture suggests the hidden depths of the womb, as well as the burial mound. It thus evokes both life and death and speaks in terms of eternity and timelessness. Just as the fascination of the voice rests in the overwhelming power of the notions of fear, darkness, and the unknown, so too the power and enchantment of the goddess Kali is built on feared darkness, and an apprehension of eternity. Gazing into that deep blue void is a dizzying experience that both alarms and exhilarates. This fear and exhilaration are elements celebrated also in the deep blue goddess Kali.