When love hit me like a wave, Isolation still life n.1
91.5 x 61cm (unframed)
Oil painting on canvas

~ Isolation Still Lifes (2020 - 21)

During the city-wide pandemic lockdowns in Melbourne from 2020-2021 I combated the monotony of being at home by enjoying small luxuries that then inspired a series of oil paintings and instant film photographs. Featuring luxury items like jewellery, lingerie, flowers, and wine the works explore the genre of still life. Pushing and pulling between the public and private nature of the objects as commercialised and domestic items, the works also reflect on the tension between the format’s trivialisation and it’s rich tradition. The flowers and instant film are a nod to vanitas and a rumination on how we will look back on our memories of this time as a collective and as individuals experiencing days passed in seclusion.

Pieces from this  series have been finalists in the Kangaroo Art Prize, the Little Things Art Prize and the inaugural Tacit Art Gallery Still Life Prize and another featured in the 2021 Linden Postcard Show.

from left to right, top to bottom:

An afternoon of dreams,Isolation still life n.3, Oil painting on canvas - 61 x 91.5cm (unframed), 2021

A fleeting connection, Isolation still life n.4, Oil painting on canvas - 81 x 106cm (unframed), 2021

Little luxuries, Isolation still life n.1 [photo], 
Fujifilm instax mini - 8.6 x 5.4cm (unframed), 2020

In the morning I felt untethered, Isolation still life n.2, Oil painting on canvas - 102 x 75cm (unframed), 2021
Dusk, still floating, Isolation still life n.2 [photo], Fujifilm instax mini - 8.6 x 5.4cm (unframed), 2020
Chiarscuro wine (1 of 3), Polaroid 600 Film - 10.75 x 8.84cm, 2021 {sold}
Flowers from next door, Isolation still life n.4 [photo], Fujifilm instax mini 8.6 x 5.4cm, 2021 Fell away, Isolation still life n.5, Oil painting on wood panel - 25 x 20cm (unframed), 2021
Near and far, oil painting on canvas101 x 76cm (unframed), 2021 {sold}

©2023 Caroline Esbenshade




I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the country on which I live and work and their connections to the land. I pay my respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Indigenous peoples today.