Born in the US, Caroline Esbenshade spent part of her childhood in Japan and migrated to Australia in her mid-20s. Currently finishing her Masters in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne, she lives and works in Shepparton, Victoria juggling her art practice with her full-time curatorial role at Shepparton Art Museum.

Working in oil painting and instant film photography, she turned to still life subjects during the pandemic. Incorporating tarot cards, flowers, drapery, and lingerie as reoccurring motifs the works reflected on the rich history of the still life genre while immortalising personal narratives, including feeling like a ‘still life’ while in lockdown in Melbourne.

In 2023 she had a solo show of her instant film photographs and in 2022 she was a finalist in the Tacit Still Life Prize, Kangaroo Valley Art Prize, Little Things Art Prize, and participated in two group exhibitions.