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, and painting, but she specializes in relief, collagraph, and etching. She worked at the EFA print shop as a monitor, and has trained at the Art Students League of New York in technical printmaking. She worked with master printer Kathleen Carracio as an assistant. She also works with the artist Michael Pellettieri and is being trained by master printer Tomomi Ono in stone lithography and etching. She is an active member at Manhattan Graphics Studio.
She is an avid enthusiastic art educator and is teaching at VisArts, Yellowbarn, and Pyramid Atlantic. Since her move to Maryland she is in the process of creating a teaching studio in Bethesda Maryland. 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. Her early experiences as an Indian printmaker and artist have helped per preserve and pursue these arts. These techniques are largely not taught in the United states. In the past she has served as an art education associate and has participated in education initiatives that were funded by the National Endowment for the arts. As an occupational therapy candidate she has taught art to diverse populations in schools, homeless shelters, and off of Rikers Island.
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.
She is in the New York Public Library collection, the Art students League and in collections internationally and domestically.