In my work, I compare monuments and structures in America to those in India. As an Indian American artist, I am particularly interested in monuments, that people live their lives around. For me as a visitor in India and a second generation Indian, I have spent time around these monuments and bridges. I have heard stories about them. New York and Mumbai are two cities I have experienced personally and that I have reflected on in my work. I have family halfway across the globe and my husband and I began our married lives in New York. In this particular piece I recall the opening of the Bandra Worli sea link bridge from my Uncle’s window on the 17th floor of a massive high rise. There were lasers and what looked like fireworks across the gray skyline. There were purple and yellow lights. Five years later on the same day, I lived in a 32 floor apartment in Washington Heights above Interstate 95 that runs through the George Washington Bridge. I had a balcony. The light was purple on a muddy night over the river. The bridge was large, in the background, and always behind me. I created over 100 bridge pieces for this series that represents both bridges in the same composition. To keep a regular regimen, I made a piece a day for fifty days about these bridges. I later made a second edition of fifty prints, one of which is now in The New York Public Library permanent collection. The variable edition is different and each piece is unique. It seeks to convey the mood, and the light at different times of day in relationship to the bridges. It follows in a tradition of landscapes that are made made at different times.
Trisha Gupta is a printmaker, painter, bookmaker, and an occupational therapist. She received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She is pursuing a graduate degree in occupational therapy at Columbia University. She plans to integrate art activities, like bookbinding and printmaking into occupational therapy. She believes art and medicine and firmly linked.
In future she thinks an emerging field for artists, is as occupational therapists, that use art as form of therapy, and she is developing a graduate thesis on an art protocol that integrated art activities into hand therapy for the elderly.
Her interest in the narratives of her grandparents stems from Indian American upbringing. Her close relationship to her parents who immigrated from India, are a huge influence in her life. She has also visited India many times while her sister lived and worked in Delhi for five years. In her work, she explores her Indian heritage, and the process of healing through communication and illustration. Trained as a painter her mixed monotype illustrations are, surreal landscapes made through a process of vinyl and stenciling that she developed using roofing boards. She depicts Indian landmarks and uses her family's history and interaction with these monuments for source material.
As an art educator she has participated in many art education residencies and worked on developing many educational art programs. Through Pyramid Atlantic, as the art education associate, she was a teaching artist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and she is a certified teaching artist for the Kennedy Center Arts integration residency program. She has collaboratively written curriculum for business and art programs including ARTpreneurs by Arts on the Block and for other workshops, through other well known print houses. She currently works as a monitor at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Institute in New York.
She has exhibited at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, the Corcoran community show, the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Show, and she has shown her work internationally in Taiwan, China and Dublin. Her first solo show was in Washington DC at ArtWorks Fine art studio. She is currently collaborating on a Taiwanese documentary and is applying to the Jahangir Art Gallery in Mumbia India. She has won numerous awards for her work including a scholastic silver key at the Corcoran Gallery of art. Her work is in private collections including the Center for the Book Arts at the Washington University in St. Louis Library.