Quandary, Interlude and Impasse by Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad


These three pieces of collage, found poetry, and asemic writing are part of a body of work that I’m putting together during this period of lockdown. I was working in my studio listening to The Devlins, when the idea to print out the lyrics of their hit single “World Outside”, occurred to me. Using the lyrics of the song as source text, I cut out phrases and individual words to create found poetry that addresses the current climate of stalemate and uncertainty.

The trees in the paintings were inspired by the maple at the back of the building where I live. It is autumn in my part of the world and the trees are shedding their leaves. In my artworks, I have placed the bare form of the maple in stark and isolated backgrounds – a symbolic reflection of the aloneness and disjunction that a lot of people, including me, are experiencing these days.

These pieces were made using gouache, inks, pens, paper scraps, and cloth remnants. All artworks are 12”X8”




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