Dalla Coletta

unentitled (Mom Lake, Dad Lake, Baby Lake), 2021 acrylic paint and ink, flannel blanket, embroidery thread, plastic spoon, on unstretched canvas, 48" x 22"

Growing up between Opitergium (Oderzo, Italy), Tkaronto (Toronto), and Rama (Ramara Township), and across generations — by reclaiming the surname of my maternal grandmother — Dalla Coletta exists in rags and canvas; amongst the roses and geraniums; on hopeful ink/paint and putrid air. I am reflecting on Arte Povera — the “poor” art movement in 1960’s Italy — Modern Canadian landscapes with Eurocentric views of land without people, and Russian Constructivism. These are stylistic forms of disruption… running alongside them is both notions of work/labour for the collective good and a dangerous refuge into abstraction, disengagement and denial… Dalla Coletta attempts to surface something hopeful that lies in between these knowns and unknowns through places visited, noted, named. 

unentitled (Palozzi's Tree), 2020
acrylic paint and ink on unstretched canvas, 24" x 24"

unentitled (Paul's Plant), 2020
acrylic paint and ink on unstretched canvas, 24" x 24"

unentitled (Sophie's Fort), 2020

acrylic, latex paints, ink pen, rose petals, geranium petals, embroidery thread on unstretched canvas,
38" x 48"

unentitled (Joe's Creek), 2020

acrylic paint, ink, geranium petals, fabric, embroidery thread on unstretched canvas,
hung askew, 39" x 49"
On view December 2020 through to February 2021 at John B. Aird Gallery as part of Painting 2020.

unentitled (landscape), 2020 
acrylic paint, rose petals, geranium petals, ink pen, embroidery thread, cord on unstretched canvas,
34" x 34"    
On view November 2020 through to January 2021 at Orillia Museum of Art and History as part of Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition.