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When love hit me like a wave, Isolation still life n.1
91.5 x 61cm (unframed)
Oil painting on canvas
2020


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


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In the morning I felt untethered, Isolation still life n.2
120 x 75cm (unframed)
Oil painting on canvas
2021


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Dusk, still floating
Isolation still life n.2 [photo]
8.6 x 5.4cm (unframed)
Fujifilm instax mini
2020


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


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


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Flowers from next door,
Isolation still life n.4 [photo]
8.6 x 5.4cm (unframed)
Fujifilm instax mini
2021


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Fell away,
Isolation still life n.5
25 x 20cm (unframed)
Oil painting on wood panel
2021

Painting / Photography (current)
~ Isolement nature morte




During the city-wide lockdowns in Melbourne due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Caroline Esbenshade has combated the monotony of being continuously at home by enjoying small luxuries to create a sense of occasion to break up what feels like a continuously repeating day due to the lack of event or change of scenery.

These paintings and polaroids, featuring luxury items like jewellery, lingerie, flowers and wine are an on-going exploration into the genre of still life painting. Pushing and pulling between public and private objects that are domestic and feminine, commenting on the long time criticism of the format as being for women and ‘Sunday painters’; they also reflect on the tradition of the practice by including themes of vanitas. The flowers and instant film are a nod to the temporal, both in how as a collective we will look back on our memories of this time, but also as individuals experiencing the wilting bloom youth in the passed days in seclusion.