The Life Exchange
After her sell out exhibition in our Annex space last year, Lottie Consalvo presents her first major solo exhibition after living and creating in Berlin for two years.
The Life Exchange, an exhibition of paintings, sculpture, performance and new media is about the artist’s relationship with life and death. Consalvo coexists in a time of grief and prosperity, where the line between life and death appears abstract and often blurred. Grief for the loss of her sister to suicide in late 2010 and prosperity, as she now approaches the birth of her first child. The works in this exhibition depict quite explicitly Consalvo’s subconscious, and the exchange that is taking place in her life.
“My sister and my unborn child both lay in a place that is beyond my understanding; a place that I can’t yet comprehend.”
“There is an authenticity of emotion in Lottie’s paintings and sculptures that is not easily summarised. Born of experience and artistic exploration, her strength lies in a simple portrayal of the complex relationship between the human form and its cerebral counterparts. The protagonists often appear engaged in a struggle between primitive instinct and rational clarity, blurring the line between man and his inner forms. These expressive figures cast questions to a quintessentially Australian landscape creating a mood that is at once dark, quiet and thought provoking.” Kim Fasher
27 September 1985
2006Bachelor of Business Entrepreneurship, RMIT UniversityGold and Silver Smithing, Monash University2009 Engineering – Fabrication and Welding, Victoria University
Warner Music AustraliaAllen Arthur Robinson Collection, SydneyPrivate collections in Australia, Germany, Canada, UK
2012Freestone print studio. Gippsland VictoriaFamilia Mojo Family Orphanage. Nairobi, Kenya2011Leipzig International Art Programme (LIA), Germany2002Kew Institution Portrait Residency
2011‘And all around is Desert’ Damien Minton Gallery, Annex Space, Sydney2009Self Preservation, Melbourne2008Self Preservation, MelbourneRoof top Gallery, Melbourne 2007Black Elephant Studio, Melbourne
2012‘Collectors Choice’ Friends of the University, University of Newcastle‘Traces’, Leipzig Art Fair, Germany’31 Pillows, Damien Minton Gallery, Annex Space, Sydney‘Five Bells’, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney2011End of Programme Exhibition, Leipzig, Germany‘Kurz und Wichtig’, Leipzig, GermanyAustralian Embassy in Berlin, Australian Exhibition2010A Perfect Day to Chase Tornados, Berlin, Curated by Kim FasherNelou TV Design Exhibition, Berlin48 Hours Neukoli, Berlin2009Self Preservation, Melbourne2008Self Preservation, Melbourne
2011‘The weight of the physical mind, LIA Spinnerei Leipzig‘Happiness is an extreme emotion’, 12 hour public performance, Berlin‘Black feet’, LIA Spinnerei Leipzig‘Beyond these walls’, Engels, Berlin
Publications & Media
2011Hunter Lifestyle Magazine‘Berlin, we didn’t just go there for a hair cut’, Speaker, National Art School, Sydney, 23 MarchSpeaker, Fine Arts Department, Newcastle Tafe, 25 MarchSpectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 MarchThe Australian Financial Review, ‘City of Freedom’, 17 MarchSpeaker, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, 16 & 17 MarchSydney Morning Herald, ‘EXHIBITION’Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Buzz of Berlin returns to show fruits of Bohemian living’2010Facetten, The Daily Magazine, Berlin2009The Herald SunMX Newspaper, Melbourne