Maroondah City Council

Aurora Arborealus: Esther Schouten

Esther Schouten explores the experience of early dawn through painting and an immersive installation.


Event Details



Event Starts

Jul 22, 2024 09:00

Event Ends

Sep 6, 2024 17:00


Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery


32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood VIC, Australia

Esther Schouten’s exhibition Aurora Arborealus is named after the goddess of dawn, Aurora, combined with the word ‘Arboreal’ (meaning of trees). The title is finished with a playful homage to the artist’s Dutch linguistic heritage, where names or words frequently end with “us”.

The exhibition draws upon the feelings of awe inspired by the vistas of early dawn bush-walks. Schouten’s paintings study the soft, lucent quality of day-break as mist-veiled objects emerge as tentative shapes. As the sky colours, a gentle layering of natural forms occurs, with trees taking on zoomorphic shapes, reaching into the daylight.  This gradual transformation of light and atmosphere, tranquil and dreamlike, is a bridge from night to day, from sleep to consciousness.

Arborealus immerses the viewer in a tree-lined journey along the Birrarung (Yarra) River. The installation is a creative call for appreciation of our bushland and for environmental consciousness and conservation.

Esther Schouten wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where the paintings were made, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.


Exhibition launch

Join us to celebrate the combined launch of Aurora Arborealus and Boundless Threads

  • Date: Thursday 25 July
  • Time: 6pm to 8pm
  • Venue: Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood 3134

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Artist Talk

Join the dicussion with artist Esther Schouten, learning about the process and inspiration behind Aurora Arborealus.

  • Date: Friday 2 August
  • Time: 11am
  • Venue: Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood 3134

No RSVP required


Esther Schouten, Changing LightDiptych, 2023, oil on timber panel
Esther Schouten, Elsa Walk, 2023, oil on timber panel

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