Trisha Gupta is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in printmaking and drawing. She is proficient in bookbinding, drawing, painting, relief, collagraph, and etching. She was a print shop monitor at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop at the Elizabeth Foundation for the arts. For three years she trained at the Art Students League of New York in technical printmaking. She worked with master printer Kathleen Carracio as an assistant. She also worked with the artist Michael Pellettieri and master printer Tomomi Ono in stone lithography and etching.
In 2018, she opened her own teaching studio in Bethesda Maryland. After being trained in the Western tradition of woodblock printing; she returned to her home in Rajasthan to learn about Indian Woodblock carving. She loves teaching Asian printmaking processes like Indian woodblock printing, Japanese woodblock, and viscosity. She is committed to preserving traditional folk art and fine Indian printmaking. In particular she has learned about Indian sari block printing with natural plant based dyes.
She believes in art as a platform for social change. She often uses printmaking to tell stories of people dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She conducts interviews with people who have survived everything from floods to debilitating mental illness. People describe these events in relation to buildings or landmarks. In response she uses the architectural silhouettes of these landmarks, and replicates the outlines of the buildings in collograph plates. The resulting projects are surreal landscapes that stand as memorials to people’s extraordinary experiences. Her work is made through a process of vinyl and stenciling that she developed using roofing boards. She combines etching, woodcut, monotype and collage elements into her large-scale pieces.
In the past she was Pyramid Atlantic’s art education associate. And in residencies she has participated in education initiatives that were funded by the National Endowment for the arts. 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.
Her work is listed in the New York Public Library collection, the Art students League and in collections internationally and domestically.