Lottie Consalvo works across  painting, performance, video and sculpture. Her work explores the psychology of human experience. Ideas surrounding desire, longing and the ungraspable are present within her work. Often referencing nature, she parallels ungovernable natural phenomena with the mind.  

Consalvo’s performances are observations of quiet transformative experiences, her performances often take the form of video or performances whereby the audience is not physically present but rather they witness the performance within their imaginations. Her paintings further this conversation whereby the artist creates a physical presence for imagination, memory and psychological transitions. Consalvo paints often monumental forms with vast empty spaces. The high contrast of opposing dark and light and the outcome of an almost impoverished surface sees Consalvo’s manifestation of the unknown and the intangible. 

Lottie Consalvo is a Newcastle based artist, originally from Melbourne and born in Sale Victoria in 1985. In 2015 Consalvo was selected to be in residence with Marina Abramovic in Sydney as part of Kaldor Public Art Projects 30. Consalvo also exhibited in Millerntor Gallery#5, Hamburg. In 2018 the artist had her first solo museum exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Victoria. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in Mexico and New Zealand. Lottie is held in collections including Artbank, Newcastle Art Gallery, Maitland regional Art Gallery, Macquarie University, Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie, Allens Law Firm and The Stevenson Collection (NZ). Lottie is represented by Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

“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

DOB: 27.09.1985

Exhibitions

Solo
2021 – When I look carefully / I see the nazuna blooming / By the hedge!  Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2019 – The Aerial View Of An Anthem, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2019 – Clayton Utz, Melbourne partnership with 333: Art Projects

2019 – Somewhere Else, Maitland Regional Art Gallery 2019 – I Tried To Make A Horizon For You,

2018 – In the Remembering – Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria

2017 – Final Remembering – The Lock Up, Newcastle

2017 – in silence – Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2016 – Momentary Alters – NKN Gallery, Melbourne

2016 – Mid-fall – Alaska Projects, Sydney

2014 – Everything reminds me of you – Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2014 – Public memories – Conductors Project, Sydney

2012 – The Life Exchange – Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2011 – And all around is Desert – Damien Minton Gallery Annex, Sydney (curated by Kim Fasher of SuperKaleidoscope)

Selected group

2021 – The Work of Art, curated by Sabrina Baker and Anja Loughhead, ArtBank

2021 – Group show at Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide in partnership with with Jan Murphy, Brisbane

2021 – Unthinkable Fields, Curated by Eloise Kirk, ANCA, Canberra

2019 – Two Waters: Wairua, Laree Payne Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand, with Maia McDonald

2019 – Of the Sun, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

2019 – Poetic of the Line, Kudos Gallery, UNSW Art And Design, curated by Tim Marvin

2019 – Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, with Dominik Mersch Gallery

2019 – Auckland Art Fair, with Dominik Mersch Gallery 2019 – From The Mudbrick House – Newcastle University Gallery

2018 – Melbourne Fair – Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2018 – Auckland Art Fair – Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney (upcoming)

2017 – ‘Realising Mother’ – Kudos Gallery, UNSW, Sydney

2017 – Into Abstraction II, Macquarie University Gallery, Sydney

2016 – The Ancestors, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney – Curated by Catherine Benz

2016 – New Strokes – Gallery9, Sydney

2015 – Paris/Hunter, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

2015 – Millerntor Gallery#5, Hamburg

2014 & 2015 – Wild Side: The animal in Art touring exhibition, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery & Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo

2015 – Until I am there I will be here, Art Bender, The Lock-Up

2013 – Mono No Aware – Linden Gallery, Melbourne (curated by SuperKaleidoscope)

2013 – Sound and Fury – Art Not Apart, Canberra

2012 – Collectors Choice – Friends of the university, University of Newcastle

2012 – Traces – Leipzig Art Fair, Germany

2012 – 31 Pillows – Damien Minton Gallery Annex, Sydney

2012 – Five Bells – Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2011 – Kurz und Wichtig – Leipzig, Germany

2011 – Australian exhibition – Australian Embassy in Berlin

2010 – A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (White) – Kunstquartier Bethanien Studio 1Berlin (curated by SuperKaleidoscope)

Performances

2021 – Sometimes I Hear Trees Falling, Dominik Mersch Gallery Sydney

2014 – 2016 – ‘Desires’, a year long performance of living out desires in an attempt to find happiness

2014 – ‘I mouthed I love you’ – Wild Side group exhibition, Lake Macquarie Gallery

2014 – ‘Until distance passes’ – Tiny Stadiums Festival, Erskineville Sydney (commission)

2014 – ‘Near your sorrow’ – Enduring Parallels (endurance performance exhibition) The Lock-Up, Newcastle (artist & curator)

2013 – 2014 – ‘Compartmentalise’, a year long performance living with minimal possessions

2014 – ‘It’s too early to love you’ – ALASKA projects, Sydney

2014 – ‘Public memories’ – Conductors Project, Sydney

2013 – ‘Do you love me’ – Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2012 – ‘Steer a steady ship’ – Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2011 – ‘The weight of the physical mind’ – Leipzig International art program (LIA) Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany

2011 – ‘Happiness is an extreme emotion’ – 12hour public performance, Berlin, Germany

2011 – ‘Black feet’ – Leipzig International art program (LIA) Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany

2011 – ‘Beyond these walls’ – Engels, Berlin, Germany

Residencies

2015 – Marina Abramović artists’ residency program, part of Marina Abramović: In Residence presented by Kaldor Public art projects, Project #30

2013 – Lake Macquarie City Gallery – in conjunction with Christo: John Kaldor Family collection artist rooms

2012 – Titjikala art centre NT

2012 – Freestone print studio, Gippsland Victoria

2012 – Familia Mojo Family orphanage Nairobi, Kenya

2011 – Leipzig International Art Program (LIA) Germany

Awards and Prizes

2017 – Cossack Art Award – invited artist [finalist]

– Calleen Art Prize [finalist]

– Newcastle Club

2014 – Fishers Ghost Award – [finalist for photography and open prize]

Collections

Artbank – Stevenson Collection NZ – Allens Collection – Warner Music Australia – Macquarie University – Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery – Maitland Regional Art Gallery – Newcastle Art Gallery

Bibliography

2021

Art is never finished, only abandoned, Brooke Boland

https://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/features/visual-arts/brooke-boland/art-is-never-finished-only-abandoned-262096

2019

Doing It In Public: The Kaldor Projects – ABC Documentary If I Could Have –

Art Collector Magazine Issue 90 Art Collector Mini Mag – Auckland Art Fair

2018

Profile – Artist Profile Magazine – Issue 44 Terra Firma Magazine Art Almanac,

March 2018 – front cover and article Art Collector Mini Mag – Melbourne Art Fair Art Collector

Mini Mag – Auckland Art Fair

In the Remembering – Art Almanac by Melissa Pesa

2017

Black magic, exploring Lottie Consalvo’s dark world – D*hub

2016

Maintaining the Manifesto – Runway by Amelia Wallin

2015

Imitation games: Marina Abramovic, ABC documentary series

Forecast: Lottie Consalvo – Vault Magazine by Rebecca Gallo

Lottie Consalvo Up close and personal – Newcastle Herald

The art of self-incarceration, RealTime Feb-Mar 2015

2014

Pushing boundaries, Newcastle Herald, November 29

Performance art, ABC radio

Artist profile, Lottie Consalvo & James Drinkwater, Design Satellite 2014

Minimal living, rejecting excess and finding clarity with Lottie Consalvo, Concrete Playground

2013

‘Lottie Consalvo’s Insecure Act at Damien Minton’ – Blourin Artinfo International edition, December 20

2012

‘See Artist Lottie Consalvo Endure Water Torture For Art’s Sake’ – Blourin Artinfo International edition, October 8

‘Australian Artist recreates water torture’ – SBS World News, October 8

‘The art of torture’- Sydney Morning Herald/The Age/Canberra Times/WA Today/ Brisbane Times, October 6

2011

‘Berlin, We didn’t just go there for a hair cut’ National Art School, Sydney: Speaker for presentation, March 23

‘Berlin’ Fine Arts Department, Newcastle Tafe: Speaker for presentation, March 25

Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald March 19

‘City of Freedom’ The Australian Financial Review, March 17

The Art Gallery Society of NSW: Speaker for 2day talk March 16,17

‘EXHIBITION’ Sydney Morning Herald, March

‘Buzz of Berlin returns to show fruits of bohemian living’ Sydney Morning Herald, March

2010

‘Facetten’ The daily magazine, Beriln, November

Nelou TV exhibition, Berlin

2009

Herald Sun, August

MX newspaper Melbourne, July