From the digital 3D world to graphic design, Khyati Trehan has an impressively broad skillset

Now, Khyati continues Ecotherapy with the hope of being able to funnel her talents into a larger scale, “with full-blown productions where diverse skill sets need to come together,” she says. In the meantime, she remains in constant admiration for the art scene in India, pointing to its continuous growth. “While the art and design scene in all of India is growing, it’s small enough for it to feel like a circle,” she says. “I love that, despite carrying this umbrella title of ‘Indian’ next to our identities, the local vernacular that another designer brings is so different that it can at times almost be foreign to me.”
One project in particular where we see this process culminate in glorious results is Khyati’s Ecotherapy, which is an ongoing series of 3D digital illustrations. “I tend to do my most intricate and labour-intensive personal work when I want to zone out,” Khyati says. “While this practice began as a way for me to distract myself from stressful situations and decompress, this particular exploration extended into a full-blown study.”
“My graphic design practice always begins with diving headfirst into the context, who I’m making for, building off of strategy, etc.,” Khyati tells us. “Then I get to throw all of that out in my artistic process.” For Khyati, it’s all about building up the courage to simply start something and let her hands have a life of their own. “Giving yourself permission to not think about your every move and to allow the subconscious to do its thing is so much harder than it seems,” she says. “In that process, the inspiration or the reference automatically surfaces midway instead of at the beginning.”
Likening her practice to the therapeutic element of entropy in nature, Khyati was drawn to the “undeniable, almost mystical bond with organic and imperfect entities in our ecosystems” to create these images. “No matter how much dynamism and movement I added to the scene, how many nature-inspired elements I stacked on top of another, and how many simulated winds and turbulent forces I subjected the elements to, even a synthetic and chaotic representation of nature managed to induce a sense of calm.”