Spaces Between 2012, Bett Gallery, Hobart

  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Sanctuary, 2012, oil on canvasSanctuary 2012, oil on canvas, 112 x 153cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Unfolding, 2012, oil on canvasUnfolding 2012, oil on canvas, 112 x 137cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : The Kiss, 2012, oil on canvasThe Kiss 2012, oil on canvas, 112 x 122cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Aspect, 2012, oil on canvasAspect 2012, oil on canvas, 112 x 137cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Fenced In, 2012, oil on canvasFenced In 2012, oil on canvas, 112 x 168cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Faux Manor, 2012, oil on canvasFaux Manor 2012, oil on canvas, 112 x 122cm
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson : Hidden Spectacle, 2012, oil on canvasHidden Spectacle 2012, oil on canvas, 112 x 137cm

Exhibition text for Spaces Between 2012, Bett Gallery, Hobart

Written by Miriam McGary

The latest body of work by Amber Koroluk-Stephenson explores interstitial spaces: between public and private, the familiar and the strange. Spaces Between draws upon the artist’s daily encounters with the Tasmanian suburban landscape, and she transposes familiar environments onto her canvases. Amber photographs locations around Hobart, and then recreates the scenes in a laborious process of intricate detail and near photographic realism.

The images depict familiar settings of backyards, driveways, houses and streetscapes. However, the artist intentionally disorients the viewer through her use of multiple perspectives and shifting pictorial planes. Koroluk-Stephenson explains, ‘I seek out points of tension within these environments…to deconstruct the idealised images of suburbia seen in Australian popular culture.’ These conflicting perspectives are not immediately evident, but slowly revealed as we voyeuristically explore the layered and detailed canvases. Koroluk-Stephenson entices the viewer with recognisable scenes, which become increasingly unsettling and complex the longer the images hold our gaze.