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Osmosis | Curated by Shaleen Wadhwana

06 June 2019

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Where the water takes us

01 December 2017

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Reliquaries -The Remembered Self

12 March 2015

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Projects

Chloé Lunar New Year 2019

05 February 2019


A collaboration with Chloe on a limited edition capsule collection to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Pig.

Project Collaborator: Chloé
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The Dot that went for a walk

01 January 2019


Rani Lakshmi Bai, 2018 | 64 x 50 cms | Gouache and Ink on Paper

Commission for the children’s book “The Dot that went for a walk”. Aimed at introducing girls to a multitude of extraordinary women from India. This book features 51 Indian women role models, 51 unique artworks by 51 women artists and 51 stories.

Project Collaborator: Shrishti Gallery and Caterpillar Wings
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Textile and accessory print collaboration for Chloé High Summer ’18

13 November 2019


A collaboration with Chloe on a series of original prints for their High Summer ’18 collection.

Project Collaborator: Chloé
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Textile and accessory print collaboration for Chloé Spring/Summer ’18

01 March 2018


A collaboration with Chloe on a series of original prints for their SS18 collection

Project Collaborator: Chloé
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Wolfsberg 2016

01 June 2016


The Woods, In Bloom, Still Waters, 2016 | 50 x 50 cms each| Gouache and Ink on Paper

Triptych from my time spent documenting the flora and fauna of the village of Garana at the Symposium for Visual Arts at the Arthouse Wolfsberg/Garana, Romania

Project Collaborator: Arthouse Wolfsberg/Garana
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Wolfsberg 2012

01 January 2012


Return of the Wolf, Family, Home, 2012 | 50 x 50 cms each| Gouache and Ink on Paper


Triptych from my time spent documenting the people and the culture of the village of Garana at the Symposium for Visual Arts at the Arthouse Wolfsberg/Garana, Romania

Project Collaborator: Arthouse Wolfsberg/Garana
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Press

  • Arts Illustrated | Rithika Merchant



    From June 6 to August 10, 2019, TARQin Mumbai presented the exhibition 'Osmosis a group show of artists Rithika Merchant _Samanta Batra Mehta and Savia Mahajan, ' curated by Shaleen Wadhwana. The exhibi-­tion worked with the ideas and knowledge of the symbiotic universal truths of life, namely, death, distance and belonging.

    Arts Illustrated
    20 Aug 2019
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  • Navigating Rithika Merchant’s Fantastical Worlds Steeped In Modern Myth

    People tend to associate femininity with things which are beautiful but passive, vulnerable, and weak. I strive to break the stereotype of how women are often portrayed in art – either as muses or for their aesthetic qualities. I would like my work to open up a discussion about how women are viewed within society and the role that they are often forced to play. ” – Rithika Merchant

    To ponder over Rithika Merchant’s richly detailed paintings is to go down a rabbit hole. Hybrid creatures—half-human, half-animal—totemic iconography and botanical imagery populate the strange and fantastical worlds that she dreams up. Working out of her studio in Barcelona, she employs the gauche and ink technique on stained paper to achieve desaturated or muted colours that lend each of her creations an ethereal, almost otherworldly quality.

    Merchant, whose work has been showcased at galleries in Paris, Madrid, New York and Lisbon, is in the process of working on a series for a solo show at Galerie LJ in Paris. Notably, she’s one of the rare visual artists who has enjoyed free reign working with a luxury fashion brand. We had the chance to catch up with this fascinating artist, whose works are on show at TARQ in Mumbai at an ongoing group exhibition titled Osmosis. Excerpts from the interview…

    Design Pataki
    08 Jul 2019
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  • The Circle of Life and Death

    A new exhibition sees three female artists explore these concepts in their individual ways

    Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. These famous words by Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu in a way encapsulate what’s in store for viewers when they visit Osmosis, an art exhibition which is currently underway at Tarq, an art gallery located in Colaba, Mumbai. Curated by Shaleen Wadhwana, it features the works of artists Rithika Merchant, Samanta Batra Mehta and Savia Mahajan. Each of them uses different mediums such as drawings, paintings in watercolour and ink, assemblage and collages, ceramic sculptures, found objects and digital prints to explore the universal truths of life as well as death while deciphering the meaning of distance and belonging.

    DNA
    17 Jun 2019
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  • The Art Life Continuum

    A new exhibition tears down the walls between life and death the body and the mythic, memory and imagination As the site of birth, the wellspring of existence itself, a woman’s body is the knower and keeper of the secret of life.Therefore, when stories about creation, transformation, and transcendence are told in her voice, they sound most lucid,seem most vivid. Little wonder then, that art educator, Shaleen Wadhwana, has chosen three women artists to represent the “symbiotic universal truths of life, namely death, distance and belonging” for her curatorial debut, Osmosis. The group exhibition — comprising works of artists Rithika Merchant, Samanta Batra Mehta and Savia Mahajan at TARQ art gallery in Colaba — explores these constant yet mysterious ideas.

    Mumbai Mirror
    10 Jun 2019
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  • Reflections on Osmotic Ideas

    A group show, explores the ideas of life, death, and belonging says Zahra Amiruddin

    Educator and curator, Shaleen Wadhwana, brings together histories, myths, and stories, embedded in intrinsic drawings and found materials in a group show, Osmosis. With artworks by artists Rithika Merchant, Samanta Batra Mehta, and Savia Mahajan, Wadhwana builds a contemplative space that answers symbiotic universal truths, and explores notions of home. The show was prompted by a question asked by one of Wadhwana’s students at the MIT Institute of Design in Pune, in 2018. While traversing through the historical evidence of social differences from the Harappan civilisation until present time, she was asked, “What is the History of Death?”

    The three artists have resided in different continents, namely Europe, Asia, and North America, yet it’s the city of Mumbai that ties their pasts together. This is evident in Merchant’s work that repeats the presence of the crow — an ode to ‘Bombay’, the city of birds. Her whimsical paintings that rely on mysticism, are scattered by these black birds, and beaked heads on feathered female humanoids. This is reflective in her work ‘Trial by Fire’, inspired by the agnipariksha of Sita, and witch burning practices dating back to medieval times. Some of Merchant’s works are an exploration of feminine power, and identity, she draws this feathered female burning, surrounded by an apparent agitation of the crows. “They are possibly wondering about the fear that defiant, strong women cause and their successive punishment for not following societal norms,” elucidates Wadhwana.

    The Hindu
    07 Jun 2019
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  • Verve Weekend Guide

    Exploring themes of life, death, distance and belonging, Osmosis features works by three artists — Rithika Merchant, Samanta Batra Mehta, and Savia Mahajan, and is curated by Shaleen Wadhwana. Drawing on these universal turths of life, all the artists’ works form a ‘conjoined’ language when put together, owing to common myths, histories and stories that they focus on. As Wadhwana says, “They lend the viewer an insight into their ideas of how they feel at ‘home’ and their phoenix-like acceptance: that new life arises on the ashes of its predecessor.” Osmosis is on display at Tarq (F35/36, Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba), Mumbai from June 7 to August 10.

    Verve
    06 Jun 2019
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  • Why you must catch Rithika Merchant’s ‘Where the Water Takes Us’

    Travel through the world of epics and myths as the artist addresses questions of displacement and migration in her canvases…

    Verve
    28 Dec 2018
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  • What to expect at the 7th edition of Mumbai Gallery Weekend

    The Mumbai Gallery Weekend, now in its 7th edition, will see the participation of 31 art spaces and more than 60 artists in areas that spills beyond Fort to include Lower Parel, Worli, Mazgaon, and Bandra. The programme is an attempt to map the contemporary art movement, one that defines the present as well as the future.

    Architectural Digest
    02 Feb 2018
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  • Visual Melt Online, Interview with Rithika Merchant



    In her book 'The Chalice and the Blade', Riane Eisler, by reviewing social history from the Palaeolithic, through the patriarchail take-over, to the present and future of society, discusses the transition from the feminine partnership chalice to the male dominator blade, and through these symbols, explores the psychological structures inherent within them. She states that "The way we interpret ancient symbols and myths still plays an important part in how we shape both our present and our future. At the same time that some of our religious and political leaders would have us believe a nuclear Armageddon may actually be the will of God, we are seeing a vast reaffirmation of the desire for life, not death, in an accelerated, and indeed unprecedented, movement to restore ancient myths and symbols to their original gylanic meaning

    Melt
    13 Dec 2017
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  • From acrylic and gouache paintings: Here are things you need to see in Mumbai

    From acrylic and gouache paintings to travel and architecture photography, we round up few of the must-see art shows in the city

    Mumbai Mirror
    04 Dec 2017
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  • The Memory Crucible

    Tarq gallery, Mumbai presents a two person show titled, ‘Reliquaries – The Remembered Self’ of works by artists Rithika Merchant and Suruchi Choksi. One could view this show as a photo album of a distant past which evades definitions and a present which we witness as constantly turning into a past.

    Artehelka
    09 Apr 2015
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  • Remember the Time

    In a reproduced photograph by Suruchi Choksi, a ghost of a figure is seen leaning against a lamp post. A possible famous landmark forms the background, but it is too blurry to recognise.

    The Indian Express
    25 Mar 2015
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