Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad
The Portal

The artist writes: ‘This piece was inspired by an article I read at the beginning of last year’s lockdown, about Venice’s long-polluted canals slowly running clear, turning blue again, teeming with fish in waters so still one could see all the way down to the bottom. With human activity curtailed heavily, the lockdown was certainly a period of healing for nature the world over. In my artwork I have visualized an open portal drawing out the dust and distress of the world. Perhaps when the pandemic that presently ravages us ends, a new era will dawn, one in which humanity will be more in sync with nature. I hope for a better future for us all.
      I have used paper bits, cloth, threads, acrylics, gouache, distress inks and pens for this mixed-media artwork. It has been made on canvas grain paper and is 12”x 9”.’

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, The Portal, mixed media, 2021