Trisha Gupta

Trisha Gupta

Rajasthani Woodblock Design and Fabric Printing Burtonsville, MD
Photo Credit: photo courtesy of artist
Trisha Gupta

Trisha Gupta is a contemporary artist, community activist and educator. Her work is heavily influenced by her Indian-American heritage and explores themes of social inequality, colonialism, mental health and immigration.

After being trained in the Western tradition of woodblock printing, Gupta returned to her home in Rajasthan to learn about Indian woodblock carving. In particular, she learned about Indian block printing with natural plant-based dyes. She specializes in using natural pigments derived from traditional Indian plant sources to create colors that are used in her prints, paints and dyes.

Gupta is committed to preserving traditional folk art and fine Indian printmaking, so she’s made it a part of her practice to teach Asian printmaking processes like Indian woodblock printing, Japanese woodblock and viscosity. She has taught with the Smithsonian, the Robert Blackburn Printmaking workshop and Yellowbarn.

She believes in art as a platform for social change. As an occupational therapy candidate at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, she has taught art to diverse populations in schools, homeless shelters, and off Rikers Island. She previously ran the Studio In Sight program for Cornerstone Montgomery and is honored to continue to teach and represent a variety of artists living with mental health issues. She has also run events at the Sandy Spring Museum and VisArts, in partnership with Amnesty International. Her ongoing project, “A Table for Everyone,” hosts community dinners and public art projects to introduce new immigrants to the community.

Currently, Gupta is pursuing her graduate degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art from the Mount Royal school. Her work is listed in the New York Public Library collection, the Art Students League, and in collections internationally and domestically. She currently runs a communal studio out of Burtonsville, Maryland.

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