Anna Priluka is a painter and printmaker based in Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island. Originally from Melbourne, she moved to NZ 10 years ago and now paints full-time from her studio yurt in Albert Town.
Her works are ecosystems on a small scale. Using traditional botanical and natural history illustration as a starting point, each relies on a range of sources – from ecological surveys or botanical identification manuals to recipes and gardening books.
They are species lists made visual. The round format of the panels is reminiscent of the magnified circles of textbook ecosystem illustrations, but each circle is also a cycle – a community either blossoming or unravelling at the edges. In a time of worldwide environmental change, they focus on the nearby and the local, on the often overlooked – the diminutive that disappears before we even notice it. They seek to celebrate the wonderful diversity and beautiful strangeness of New Zealand’s natural environment, while at the same time reminding us of the fragility that is inherent in such complex, interdependent systems.