Quixotic Habitation by Amber Koroluk-Stephenson

In her exhibition Quixotic Habitation Amber Koroluk-Stephenson playfully explores notions of utopia, drawing from her immediate suburban surrounds to present a cross section of living ideals. The imagined environments depicted in the works allude to the popularised notion of the Australian 'suburban dream' realised through self-styled attempts at creating utopia.

These paintings are characterised by a type of archaic romanticism. Framed with a mix of exotic and European plant life and embellished by youth, these familiar yet strange environments present a slippage of reality. The saturated colours and subtle shifting pictorial planes create an ambiguous instability and underlying sense of unease. These works aim to present a merge of utopian and dystopian visions that are both beautified and chaotically implausible, illustrating the absurdity of attaining utopia.

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