Lottie Consalvo

Lottie Consalvo is a Melbourne-born, Newcastle-based artist whose practice traverses painting, performance, video and sculpture. Her work explores psychological shifts and ideas surrounding desire, longing and the ungraspable are present within her work.

Consalvo’s performances are observations of quiet transformative experiences. Her paintings further this conversation in that way that she creates a physical presence for imagination, memory and psychological transitions. Working with a restricted palette across mediums, Consalvo often paints monumental forms amidst vast empty spaces, where the high contrast of opposing dark and light and the outcome of an almost impoverished surface marks out a place for the unknown, the invisible and the intangible.

In her most recent works, Consalvo contemplates the immeasurable and perhaps the central desire of all longings; contentment. Building from earlier endurance pieces that saw her selected for a residency with Marina Abramovic in 2015, Consalvo’s video works form part of a sustained exploration into how time, places and imagery alter consciousness. In 2018, Consalvo also realised a solo show at the Heide Museum of Modern Art that combined a commanding ten-panel painting with performance and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited across Australia and overseas, most recently in Mexico City, Auckland and Melbourne.

“Lottie Consalvo contemplates time. Years, nano-seconds, moments of eternity, transition, points of no return – these moments of between and becoming are explored in abstract paintings and across mediums. Consalvo’s interdisciplinary practice includes performative and often quite specific autobiographical references.” Jo Higgins

 

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