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AMITA BHATT

AMITA BHATT

Artist Work

"A Fantastic Collision of The Three Worlds" # VIII
2010
Charcoal on Tarpaulin
9 by 12 Feet
"A Fantastic Collision of The Three Worlds" # XV
2010
charcoal on Canvas
9 by 12 Feet
"A Fantastic Collision of The Three Worlds" # XV
2011
Charcoal on Canvas
9 by 12 Feet
“"A Fantastic Collision of The Three Worlds" # XI”
2011
Charcoal on Canvas
9 by 12 Feet
“"A Fantastic Collision of The Three Worlds" # XVI
2012
Charcoal on Canvas
9 by 12 Feet
"A Fantastic Collision of The Three Worlds" # XIV
2011
charcoal on Canvas
9 by 12 Feet

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My personal experiences in riot torn Mumbai in 1992 led me to investigate the role that violence plays in the global struggle for Power, Agency, Policy (making) and Domination on individuals, communities and on geographic fronts. In researching this issue through Western psychoanalysis, I had to first encounter not just violence, but also explore Desire with all its variations and complications. Within my work which is rich with metaphors and derived from mystical Hindu and Buddhist Tantra, I allow myself to enter complex worlds of ancient philosophies as well as negotiate the present, as I examine the classic themes of desire, conflict, struggle, and transcendence. My characters float undeterred in abundant, primordial and potent fields of color. They oscillate between the ambivalent edges of insatiable desire and aversion, between wisdom, insanity and catastrophe, between monumentality and sacrifice, and between passion and destruction. They experience and exist within suspense–filled public/private spaces and are armed with the indefatigable resilience of the human spirit, safe in the knowledge that there exist powerful possibilities of wisdom and transcendence. I therefore see my work as an important link that threads its way through age old traditions of Eastern mystical wisdom, and modern Western psychoanalysis as it grapples with and traverses through the contemporary landscape of our planet’s socio-geo-political cultures. The matte powder like surface treatment is meant to evoke muted feelings of fragile softness, reminding the viewer of the frailty of the living world, while my lines remain simple. Amita Bhatt 2009

Artist Bio

Amita Bhatt Education: MFA- Maryland Institute College of Art (Hoffberger School of Painting), Maryland,USA-2009 BFA- Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, India-1993 Solo or Limited Person Shows: • Die Monchskirche Museum-Germany- May 2010 • “Desire. Destruction. Transcendence.”-Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD. – October - December, 2009 • “Lovers and Assassins” - Redbud Gallery, Houston, Texas – September, 2006 • Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai, India - June, 2005 • The Station Museum, Houston, Texas - RED FALL - October, 2004 • Project Row Houses - Houston, Texas - October, 2000 Selected Group Shows: • Profundo-Museo de Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico-Fall 2010. • Amistad Dos-Institudo Cultural Peruviano Norteamericano Arts Center, Aeroquipa- Peru-September 2009 • Tangurmunde Museum- Salzkirche, Germany – August 2009 • “New Insight at Art Chicago 2009 – April 2009 • “Amistad-Texas Art in Peru” – Museo De Arte Moderno,Trujillo,Peru – December, 2007 • “Amistad-Texas Art in Peru” – National Museum of Peru, Lima – September, 2007 • “Intersections” – Michael Kohler Arts Center – Sheboygan, WI- October, 2006 • “Platform” - Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas – July, 2006 • MYRRH, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, India – Summer 2006 • Artwallah - 2004 - Hollywood, California - July, 2004 • Assistance League of Houston celebrates Texas Art - March, 2003 • “Mix Series” - Amita Bhatt - Lyrical Indian Paintings - Dallas Center for Contemporary Art - January, 2003 • “SLANT - Bold Asian American Images” – Aurora Picture Show/DiverseWorks - Houston, Texas - April 2002 • “Casual Deities” - BosePacia Modern Gallery, New York, NY - March, 2002 • “Maria’s da Mundo” - a group show sponsored by Unifem in Brazil - September 2001 • Visual Arts Alliance - Houston, Texas - April, 2000 • South Asian Women’s Creative Collective - New York, New York - March, 2000 • “Mama Said” - A Fotofest Event - Houston, Texas - March, 2000 • Assistance League of Houston, Texas Art 2000 - Houston, Texas - January, 2000 • Diasporadics Visual Arts Exhibit - New York, New York - September, 1999 Grants and Honors: • Painting Prize 2009. Juror-Mimi Gross • MICA nominee for “Art Chicago” 2009, “Joan Mitchell Award” 2009 and DCCA MFA Biennial 2009 • Hoffberger Grant 2007-2009 • Artadia Grant 2004-Jurors-Alison Lima Greene, Chrissie Isles, Douglas Fogle • Creative Capital Grant 2003 • Assistance League of Houston, Texas Art 2000 - Houston, Texas - January, 2000 Selected Bibliography • 2006 – Glasstire.com – Reviews/Detail.asp by Sean Carroll – (Sep.10, 2006) • 2005 - The Indian Express - “Memoirs of Violence” by Srimoyee Mitra (June 14, 2005) • 2005 - Mumbai Mirror - “Bloody Bearings” – by Georgina L. Maddox (June 16, 2005) • 2005 - L’Officiel - “Myth and Reality” by Priyali Chopra (Volume 4, Issue 3, July-August) • 2005 - Art India - Volume X Issue III-“Look Back in Anger” by Madhavi Gore • 2005 - Artlies - # 45 - Red Fall by Craig Bunch (Winter Issue 2005) • 2003 - Houston Artists and Dissent - Laura Harrison’s Documentary film