These works suggest a nostalgia for familial landscapes over shared time and place. 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 — and Modernist Canadian landscapes with Eurocentric views of land without people. These are both stylistic forms of disruption… running alongside them is also a dangerous refuge into abstraction, disengagement and denial… Dalla Coletta attempts to surface something hopeful that lies in between these knowns and unknowns.
|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"|
|unentitled (landscape), 2020 acrylic paint, rose petals, geranium petals, ink pen, embroidery thread, cord on unstretched canvas, 34" x 34" Currently on view through to January 2021 at Orillia Museum of Art and History|