“Luna Tabulatorum”: Exploring The Cultural Significance of Lunar Consciousness

Rithika Merchant is an Indian artist who grew up in Bombay, studied fine art in New York, and is currently residing in Barcelona, Spain.

She describes her work by saying:

My works are an exploration of epics and myths across geography. I create mosaics of myths that question received histories that are available to us throughout culture. Derived from an attempt at self discovery and aimed towards solving contemporary strife created by a conflict of civilizations. this conflict is negated by locating a mythical strain of unanimity.  I am keen to explore the common thread that runs through different cultures and religions. Similar versions of all these myths, stories and ideas are shared by cultures all around the world. My paintings explore this concept while also featuring creatures and symbolism that are part of my personal visual vocabulary.

I am interested in the patterns made by the placement or overlaying of shapes together and the way the individual pieces fit together to form a picture -much like putting a puzzle together. My paintings explore superstition, myth and ritual as well as depict scenes from my own internal, personal folklore. They are filled with creatures from my imagination, who come together to represent my beliefs and ideology.

The gallery below features images from her series “Luna Tabulatorum”, which “looks at
the moon as a meaningful universal object that links humanity by its importance, its presence and its significance”, and is “particularity interested in creating links between cultures the moon has been a very enlightening muse.”

To learn more about Rithika’s work, visit her official website by clicking here.

6. High Priestess7. Genesis8. Queen of Life and Death2.The Council of Choice11. The Moon Devours Her Children10. Lycanthropy

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