Chitra Merchant’s work is strongly influenced by Indian culture and many of the Temple series feature dreaming spires of dilapidated temples situated in front of a large glorious sun where you can almost feel the heat beating down on the vista, or in the foothills of distant evocative mountains. They have a dreamy quality to them, evoking wistful travels.
Chitra specialises in screen printing and etching which she teaches at the infamous Spike Island Studios in Bristol, UK. Lately Chitra has been working on a new series called Hinterland, which delves into derelict and overlooked urban spaces, creating her own “temples” from these wasteland areas. Chitra’s illustrative drawing techniques are the starting point from which these temples transform into etchings or screen prints