Esther Stewart: How to Decorate a Dump - Art Collector

Esther Stewart, Flatland Dreaming, 2016. Acrylic on board, 181 x 261 cm (framed). Courtesy: the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney © The artist. Photo: Ashley Barber

Esther Stewart borrows her title for this exhibition from a 1983 book written by New York decorator Philip Almeida, continuing her enquiry into the aesthetics and ethos of DIY home improvements. Stewart’s paintings and sculptures use geometric designs that reference the ornamental trappings of architecture and domestic interiors such as balustrades, lattices, tiles, patterns on rugs or wood paneling. Her interest in 1970s and 1980s DIY home-renovation manuals stems from a fascination with what she calls ‘the utopian idea of domesticity’—the desire to create a personalised haven, even when reality falls short of our dreams. Idealised models for living embodied in flat-pack-kit or display homes, dolls houses, pop-up books and theatre sets also inspire her site-specific installation How to Decorate a Dump, a work that explores decorative vocabularies, and our nostalgic fetishising of olden-day styles.

Exhibition opens: 4 June 2016
Exhibition closes: 11 September 2016
Location: Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105
Contact: 03 9850 1500

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