Devakad - Remembered

by Chitra Merchant

We are proud to present a brand new screenprint produced for RA Editions by Bristol based print maker Chitra Merchant.

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Artwork details

Colour Blue/Multicolour
Dimensions 56 x 56cm
Fabric & material Screenprint
Edition 30
Medium Print

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Artwork description

In much of her work Chitra Merchant uses ancient Indian historical sites as a source of inspiration from which to develop imagined structures that take on a life and logic of their own.

This print is part of a body of work inspired by Merchant’s recent trip to India. During this journey she was able to visit some of the forests of Karnataka and Kerala, in particular the Devakads or sacred groves found on the Western Ghats.

In the artist’s words:

‘Local custom dictates that no one is allowed to forage or cultivate within these forests as they are protected and presided over by deities. Apart from them being a model for biodiversity and conservation, I am interested in these spaces for their wildness and inherent mystery.’
Chitra Merchant, 2019

The depicted building is a composite image of a working temple in Kodagu (a district in southern India) together with ancient animistic deities. The Dravidian style architecture of the temple is common to many buildings in southern India.

This print was produced for RA Editions at Spike Print Studio, Bristol.

All proceeds from sales of this work go directly to support the non-profit-making areas of the Royal Academy, particularly the RA Schools.

About Chitra Merchant

Chitra Merchant was born in India and completed her BA in Psychology in Bangalore before departing for a year working at an artist’s studio in West Africa.

Merchant came to the UK in the 1990s, completing another degree in Illustration at the University of West England and discovering her love of printmaking. Following group exhibitions, in 2001 she based herself at... Go to artist page