Dhara Mehrotra



At the intersection of Art and Science, Dhara’s work explores and celebrates patterns in how things organize themselves as “Clusters & Networks” in nature. From plants and living organisms, to human social order to ever-growing entropy in the universe. From occurrences of uniformity and regularity to homogenization and assimilation, Identity and divergence.
The recent works improvise upon the form, fabric, structure and topology of Mycelium networks under the soil, which are medium for a wide array of complex interactions between the trees, many of which we are just beginning to understand. It also intends upon the abstraction of the known and unknown parallels, interconnected within seen and unseen aspects of deep landscape. She delves into the patterns these filamentous fungal allies (mycelium) constitute, enriching the soil environment, while a host of many other micro-ecologies work alongside.



Her practice ranges across media – canvas and acrylic, wall installations, paper and ink, with tactile layers of jute-coir and fibre. She has an M.F.A in Painting from College of Art, Delhi University, India.
Visiting Artist Fellow at the Harvard University for Spring 2023, she is also recipient of Swapan Biswas award for academic excellence, The junior fellowship Award from the Ministry of culture, Government of India, Artist-in-residence program and exhibition at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR-NCBS) Bangalore, Meta Artist In Residence project 2021 India.
Selected exhibitions and installation projects include: India Art Fair, New Delhi, FMI Goethe Institut New Delhi and Kolkata, Aicon Contemporary New York, The Anant Art New Delhi. Showcased works at The Gulf Art Fair Dubai, ‘Museum Of Sacred Arts’ (MOSA) Belgium, Madrid (Spain) ‘The China Art Museum’ (Shanghai) and University of California, Savannah; Georgia, amongst others.



Dhara’s work improvises upon landscape and its inherent ecology. It strives to realize the transcendence in simpler forms of life, nature & environment, which touches us most intimately, yet often remains distant, that one may not aspire to it by means more physical than poetic. The purpose is to realize the synergy and interrelation between things to outgrow the notion of isolated consciousness.