Artist statement:

I am inspired by the varied landscape of New South Wales, where I live. I am happiest when I am travelling, chronicling natural formations, from the austere deserts of the outback, to the wild seas of the South Coast, and interpreting it in bright, vibrant collage. This is my definition of fulfillment. My work is completely handmade, and uses a lot of ethnic Indian fabrics and prints. I imagine the Australian landscape through the lens of my cultural identity—I belong to both countries and my work is a meditation on my connection to the breathtakingly beautiful land on which I live and create. These 8 pieces are from an ongoing series of abstract mixed-media landscapes made using distress inks, lace, wool, cloth remnants, paper bits, gouache, acrylics, brush pens, and inks, on canvas grain paper. 

Beyond the omniscient
Hold me in your grey iris
In the teal wilderness
Sapphire offerings
Secrets in the ruby dust
Sifting the dusk for stars
Tell me about the fire within
The recurring mirage

About the artist:

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is an Indian-Australian artist and poet. Her art has been featured on the covers and within the pages of several journals including Kissing Dynamite Poetry, Amsterdam Quarterly yearbook, Pithead Chapel, Two Thirds North and Stonecoast Review.  She lives and works in Sydney on the traditional lands of The Eora Nation.  Find her @oormilaprahlad and