‘We are all looking for angels or something to hold onto.’
Created in lock-down during the covid-19 pandemic Devotional Pictures is a collection of original oil paintings on paper by Tasmanian born, Queensland based artists Loralee Newitt. With an element of the domestic space woven into the images this series speaks to the influx of the quiet, slow and meditative times in our lives.
My painting practice is concerned with the places in which we reside – physical, mental or otherwise – and the impacts our chosen surroundings imprint on us, and vice versa.
The application of paint suggests layered movement through glimpses of memory, snippets of thought and traces of hope. My art practice is inspired by the spaces that we need for survival; the nooks of comfort, the spaces that are uncomfortable and demand expansion and the nostalgic reminiscent spaces. In this way my work creates connection between wellness and creation, luxury and necessity. Which can be seen through the amalgamation of spaces visited, remembered or inhabited.
These spaces are depicted in a fluid slippage of language and landscape, resulting in an abstract realm of familiarity. The experience is sensuous, luscious, bodily and emotional.