“Hiraeth” is made with acrylics, paper bits, distress inks, and pastels. It part of a body of work I am putting together on the themes of lockdown and isolation. In “Hiraeth” I’ve painted a grove of trees seen through the open slats of my kitchen window. My window is pretty much my eyes to the world these days. The scene I’ve painted is of my favourite spot in a park in Chatswood, New South Wales, where I used to sit beneath the trees and write. It is a place that deeply inspires me, and I have worked on some of my best pieces in this park. It is out of bounds for me now , and there are days when I feel a gnawing sense of nostalgia and pain. Hence, “hiraeth.”

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is a Sydney-based artist, poet, and improv pianist. Her recent poems have been published in several literary journals in the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK. She regularly exhibits her art at shows in Sydney. www.instagram.com/oormila_paintings

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