Amber Koroluk-Stephenson in an emerging visual artist based in Hobart.
Amber Koroluk-Stephenson work draws on relationships between natural and man-made environments to explore ideas around identity, facade, theatre, utopia and the sublime. Through combining her own photographic documentation with found images, Koroluk-Stephenson creates work that balances the banal with the strange to offer the typical and easy slippages that occur in everyday fantasies. She uses saturated colours and shifting pictorial planes to subtly accent and obscure familiar, albeit strange, environments.
Long Weekend: Responses to the Australian cult horror film
Group exhibition with Penny Burnett, Amber Koroluk-Stephenson, Effie Pryer and Josh Simpson
Long Weekend explores new readings of painting through responses to the Australian cult horror film Long Weekend (Eggleston 1978). The works investigate and interpret the film’s concepts of environmental concern, Australian identity and horror. The exhibition further serves as a medium to develop the subtle hints of the sinister that lurk beneath the surface of each artist’s individual practice.
Long Weekend portrays the horror close to home through the Australian bushland – a darker side of the landscape where Australians love to eat, play and relax. It tells the story of a couple on a camping trip whose callous disregard for the environment forces nature to strike back. In the film benign creatures begin to snap and snarl, branches fall and food rots as the landscape takes its revenge.