Esther Olsson

Esther Olsson’s works are vibrant narratives that generate a graphic grid system, playing off her imaginative worlds. She works with gouache on paper, using a flat application. Her stylistic method incorporates a complementary integration of the grid system and reference to coded stories that use image-repetition to tell stories about her own experiences and day to day life. The recurring figures I paint represent protection, empowerment, ambition, envy and emotions. My intention is to generate joyous and light-hearted imagery that reflects my philosophy to approach life with a sense of humour and joviality.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.