Biography

 

 

Biography

2020

 

Cally Lotz is a Melbourne artist who completed an MFA in 2019 at RMIT, and a BVA at The University of South Africa (UNISA). Her practice incorporates highly articulated still life oil paintings that explore complex psychological states such as containment, austerity and isolation. Metaphorical imagery like empty buckets, plastic bottles and parcels are used to suggest interiority where for Lotz, the act of painting becomes a psychological safe space for what otherwise cannot be said.

By depicting mundane objects Lotz aims to maintain a detached and remote stance from any given narrative. Instead, she allows her attention to dwell on the formal and material aspects of representational painting. The motifs exist only as empty signifiers enabling a deeper and more meaningful investigation into the issue of trauma.

Her work has been exhibited in South Africa, Germany, India and Australia. Lotz has been the recipient of numerous residencies including St Vincent’s Melbourne 2014-1015, AIR Vallauris France, 2017, and Sandbox Studios Melbourne 2019-2020. Her work is held in public collections including Sasol and UNISA in South Africa, St Vincent’s in Melbourne and AIR Vallauris in France.

 

 

CV

2020

 

EDUCATION

2019     MFA (Higher Distinction) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT

2009     BVA (Hons) University of South Africa, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020          Stiff Upper Lip, March 17, FortyFiveDownstairs, Melbourne, Australia

2019/20     Night Bottles, RMIT Art Intersect Lightbox, Melbourne, Australia

2018          Restrain, West End Art Space, Melbourne, Australia

2017         Contain, Alternating Current Art Space, Melbourne, Australia

2015         Simply There, Birds Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014        Four Rooms, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2009        Apocalypse, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020     Nino Sanciolo Art Prize finalists, 8 April, Elysium Gallery, Melbourne

2018     Behind the Curtain, YSG - Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne

2018     One Night Stand: Aberration, The Burrow, curated by Coalesce ARI.

2017     A.I.R. Vallauris, Cote d’Azur, France

2017     Stockroom 1 Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2016     Who is Looking at You? Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2015     St Vincent’s Artists in Residence Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

2015     Small Works, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014     4 Rooms, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2013     Nouvelle, Birds Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2012     Crumpled, Bamboo Gallery, Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011      About Face, Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

2011      Migration, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2011      Park Contemporary, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2010      Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

2010      A Cultural Bridge, Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa

2010      The Landscape: Unity and Diversity, CEWAC, Hyderabad, India

2010      Johannesburg Art Fair, 3-D animation Break exhibited by UNISA, South Africa

2009      Mine, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2009     ALPOA, artSpace Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008     Nivea ‘Start’ art award exhibition, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2007     Expanding Horizons, Garret Artists, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2006     Workers in Progress, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

 

EXHIBITIONS CURATED

2011     About Face, Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 

 

Residencies/Exchanges

2019 – 2020   sandbox Studios, Melbourne, Australia

2017     A.I.R. Vallauris, Cote d’Azur, France

2016    Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014 – 2015      St. Vincent’s Residency, Caritas Christie, Melbourne, Australia.  

          

AWARDS

2020     Shortlisted for Nino Sanciolo Art Award

2019/2020     One year studio residency, Sandbox Studios, Melbourne, Australia

2018     Finalist in Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) - Australia

2014/15/16 Finalist in Who is looking at You - Australia

2010     Finalist in Sasol New Signatures – South Africa

2008     Finalist in Nivea Start art award – South Africa

 

COLLECTIONS

A.I.R Vallauris, Cote d’Azur, France

St Vincent’s, Melbourne, Australia

The University of South Africa, (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa

Sasol, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

2019     MFA completing October 2019 (RMIT)

2009     BVA (Hons) UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020      Stiff Upper Lip, Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, Australia

2018      Restrain, West End Art Space, Melbourne, Australia

2017      Contain, Alternating Current Art Space, Melbourne, Australia

2015      Simply There, Birds Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014      Four Rooms, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2009      Apocalypse, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018     Behind the Curtain, YSG- Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne

2017     A.I.R. Vallauris, Cote d’Azur, France

2017     Stockroom 1 Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2016     Who is Looking at You? Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2015     St Vincent’s Artists in Residence Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

2015     Small Works, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014     4 Rooms, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2013     Nouvelle, Birds Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2012     Crumpled, Bamboo Gallery, Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011     About Face, Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

2011     Migration, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2011     Park Contemporary, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2010     Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

2010     A Cultural Bridge, Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa

2010     The Landscape: Unity and Diversity, CEWAC, Hyderabad, India

2010     Johannesburg Art Fair, 3-D animation Break exhibited by UNISA, South Africa

2009     Mine, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2009    ALPOA, artSpace Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008    Nivea ‘Start’ art award exhibition, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2007    Expanding Horizons, Garret Artists, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2006    Workers in Progress, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

 

EXHIBITIONS CURATED

2011    About Face, Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 

 

RESIDENCIES/EXCHANGES

2019 – 2020     Sandbox Studios, Melbourne, Australia

2017                A.I.R. Vallauris, Cote d’Azur, France

2016                Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014 – 2015     St. Vincent’s Residency, Caritas Christie, Melbourne, Australia.  

          

AWARDS

2018                Finalist in Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) - Australia

2014/15/16      Finalist in Who is looking at You - Australia

2010                Finalist in Sasol New Signatures – South Africa

2008                Finalist in Nivea Start art award – South Africa

 

COLLECTIONS

A.I.R Vallauris, Cote d’Azur, France

St Vincent’s, Melbourne, Australia

University of South Africa, (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa

Sasol, Johannesburg, South Africa

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