Lottie Consalvo’s commanding new body of work is attuned to art critic Sebastian Smee’s idea of the inner self; “a rumoured lake in a forgotten forest, a living body of water which no-one has seen for years.” Her work often hints at natural phenomena like the expanse of the sea, the horizon line, or great heights. It is the memory or conjuring of these things that she paints with sweeping gestures and monumental forms.
Still resistant to easy reference points, Lottie’s painterly abstractions are intuitive and one step removed from any place outside of the self. Inspired by Howard Hodgkin and Rachel Cusk, her works scour the infinite capacity of the mind in order to lend emotional weight to physical marks.
In this new work for the exhibition ‘The Aerial View Of An Anthem’, I mine these thoughts and return them to the sea. The pulsating mass that surrounds us. The space beyond the horizon where there is no longer a line to move towards but rather it has been passed or the perspective has shifted. It’s an aerial view of the sea where you cannot locate your coordinates, you know you are moving but to where is no longer the concern.
I stare at the sea and its parts move in slow motion, a dangerous, mysterious matter that my eyes cannot ever fully hold onto. When I imagine the sea consuming the land I am above it and there is a deep brooding song playing in the distance.
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