Growing up in the southeastern suburb of Caulfield, which is rife with mid-century modernist homes, artist Karen Salter recalls an admiration for these places that display a "strong sense of design and theatricality". The architectural style rose to prominence during the 1960s with the arrival of architects emigrating from across Europe who largely worked for clients within the large Jewish community. These stunning homes became symbols of the community's success, with the former refugees overcoming the adversity facing their community back in Europe and in parts of Australia.
Hosted at The Gallery at City Library in Melbourne CBD, Who Remembers This House? presents a series of Salter's oil paintings celebrating the work of these architects and highlighting the optimism of past eras. Inspired by postcards of the '60s with their perspective and colour, Salter's paintings are emblematic of a significant period of architectural history, and their importance in her own memory.
Who Remembers This House? runs from Tuesday, September 5 until Saturday, September 30.