We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Natasha Bieniek Lalla

oil on gold mirror Dibond

57 x 43.5 cm

This year has unearthed much chaos and tragedy. The coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our community and forced us inside our homes. As a Victorian currently experiencing stage-four lockdown, some form of escapism is necessary. It’s the small pockets of nature like the one featured in my painting, Lalla, that offer respite and tranquillity amid such challenging conditions. Local parks and gardens enable us to recharge our batteries and are imperative to our physical and mental wellbeing. My painting explores my ongoing interest in the relationship between people and nature within an urban context.

Natasha Bieniek, 2020