Much of Chitra Merchant's works uses ancient Indian historical sites as a source of inspiration from which to root and develop imaginal structures that take on a life and logic of their own. Merchant is deeply interested in the metaphor of a 'Temple', ruined or whole, as an outward manifestation of an inner value.
Bell Jar is an on-going series of paintings, prints and drawings that use the image of a bell jar as a metaphor to suggest a state of vacuum that forces its contents into a condition of perpetual stasis. The contents in the Bell Jars allude to various emotional, psychological and political statements.
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