Disappearing 2021, Bett Gallery, Hobart

  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Vanishing Point I, 2021, oil on linenVanishing Point I 2021, oil on linen, 61 x 66 cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Vanishing Point II, 2021, oil on linenVanishing Point II 2021, oil on linen, 61 x 71 cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Vanishing Point III, 2021, oil on linenVanishing Point III 2021, oil on linen, 61 x 66 cm

Disappearing, curated by Carol Bett, Gerard Castles and Pete Hay


We’ve long had a secret here.

Disappearing : to cease to be seen; vanish from sight; to cease to exist or be known; pass away; end gradually.

In our islands, their past, the land, seas, the movement of air, its peoples, the cadence of life and in the place itself is something unfathomably beautiful. You sense it as much as see it. It’s about connection and time not the here and now. It’s a secret that has been closely held, cherished, sustaining our soul.

Entwined with that secret has been a hope that one day Tasmania would be recognised, acknowledged and able to stand on its own two feet. This has been elusive but now we are told that perhaps it is so close as to be reckoned by the beads on the accountant’s abacus.

Then again, perhaps not. Is the price we are paying a disappearing, a disappearing of the very stuff that sustains us? Or, is it a more complex story, shedding a skin as part of the inexorable march of renewal?

Disappearing.



Pentimento written by Carol Patterson

Pentimento: the revealing of a painting that has been covered over by a later painting; early 20th century from Italian, literally ‘repentance.'


This project has been supported by the Commonwealth of Australia through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.