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Lottie Consalvo, ‘A Distant Song 4′


Lottie Consalvo, ‘A Distant Song 4’, 2019, acrylic on board, framed, 90 x 80 cm

LOTTIE CONSALVO

‘A Distant Song 4’ was shown in Lottie Consalvo’s 2019 solo show ‘The Aerial View Of An Anthem’. This exhibition marks an arresting shift away from the horizon line in Consalvo’s work, moving towards the expanse of the sea and its parallels to distant parts of the self. A feeling of release is made physically apparent through pulsing, unanchored forms and borders that give a portal-like depth to the canvas. An aerial view of the sea asks viewers to let go of familiar coordinates; to re-orient themselves to its slow but relentless sense of time.

In this new work, I mine [my] 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. … 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.

Lottie Consalvo is a Melbourne-born, Newcastle-based artist whose abstract paintings, video and performance works are well-respected for their strength of character. She has held solo shows at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Casula Powerhouse. She has also been extensively exhibited in regional galleries including Goulburn, Newcastle, and Lake Macquarie. She was recently invited to reflect on her residency with Marina Abramović by Kaldor Public Art Projects for their 50th anniversary and was selected for the Clayton Utz Art Partnership in Melbourne. 


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