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Aaliyah Gupta

Artist Statement

Maps are used to figure out where we are going but Gupta’s pieces tend to ask us where we have been. Her new work is an exploration of cartography and memory. Tópos, (meaning place in Ancient Greek), is an interrogation of history, fragmentation and ruin.


Gupta’s new work represents a significant shift in materiality and approach. Paper, rusted metal, mesh and slip are juxtaposed in ways that feel unexpected but inevitable. Seams are visible, alluding to a process of repair that can never be perfect.

Born and raised in Kolkata, India, Gupta comes from a long line of spirited, rule-breaking women who pursued their passions despite the odds. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, lived in New York and Copenhagen and is now firmly rooted in Seattle and part of the Equinox Studios community. 

She has received residency fellowships from Wiillapa Bay AiR, Ucross Foundation and Vermont Studio Center. Selected exhibition locations include EKS-Rummet in Copenhagen, DK; Site: Brooklyn Gallery in Brooklyn NY; Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, WA; Redline in Denver, CO; Wheaton College in Norton, MA; Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL; Core Gallery in Seattle, WA. She received an MFA in painting from Stony Brook University, NY.

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