Raised in India, Amita Bhatt received her BFA from the M S University, Vadodara and an MFA (painting) from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She borrows from traditional Tantric imagery and fuses it with Western social theory to create a new visual language that explores the classic themes of desire, conflict, struggle and transcendence. Bhatt’s work has been recently exhibited at the Museo Pedro de Osma (Peru), Walters Art Museum (USA), Die Monchskirche Museum (Germany), and The Station Museum of Contemporary Art (USA). She was a semi-finalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Award (2010) as well as the Joan Mitchell Award (2009). Her works are included in the collections of Marilyn Oshman, Sharon and Gus Kopriva, John and Berthe Ford, Nancy Kienholz and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art among others.
“My figures exist undeterred in abundant, primordial and potent fields of space. 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 often armed with the indefatigable resilience of the human spirit, safe in the knowledge that there exist powerful possibilities between the illusions of wisdom and phantasmagoria. The lines continue to remain simple.” —a.b.