By Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad
I like to draw and paint scenes from everyday life, often looking for beauty in unusual places. I am an avid collector of odds and ends, paper bits, and cloth pieces which I use extensively in my collages. Fascinated with the idea of transformation, I like to use a wide variety of bits and bobs from my junk collection to embellish my artworks, which then take on new meaning and life. I work primarily with gouache, inks, and acrylic paints.
The ten mixed-media paintings in this series, titled Recollections, are part of a body of work that I put together during the period of lockdown. I found myself thinking about some of the everyday sights and scenes I used to regularly photograph on my walk to work: the cherry trees near my workplace, the bundle of yellow bells near the local shopping mall, the wattle trees and liquid amber, the jacaranda blooms near the train station. I missed these beauties when I was spending almost all my time within the walls of my studio in isolation. These are remembered scenes, and in this series I have documented my fondest memories of being out and about in nature. All pieces are 8” x 10” and have been made with gouache, acrylic paints, distress inks, and cloth and paper bits.
Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is an Indian-Australian artist, poet, and pianist. She holds a Masters in English and is a member of Sydney’s North Shore Poetry Project. She has been painting and exhibiting for the past twenty years and her paintings can be found in many private collections. Her poems and artworks have been widely published in both print and online literary journals and anthologies, including Star 82 Review, Otoliths, 3 AM Magazine, and The Amsterdam Quarterly Review, and are forthcoming in Parentheses Journal, Pithead Chapel, Ang(st), and elsewhere. She works out of a studio space in Sydney and teaches art part-time to children. She co-edits the Australian literary journal Authora Australis.
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