Melbourne based artist Loretta Lizzio channels the uninhabited wilderness in her works. Animals, from the mildest to the barbaric are the vessel Loretta uses to burrow into and reveal her own deeply layered self. Through her obsessive line work, Loretta captures a sensuous desire for freedom, adventure and love. In creating her escapes, she uses pen, pencil and oils on a variety of surfaces including walls, restored salvaged wood and paper.
Loretta has spent years sharpening this sensitivity with her subjects while working across publishing, photography, and advertising industries. The artworks she creates show her subjects as creatures of substance, radiating in the life that Loretta supercharges into her artworks.
Forgotten fairy tales, spectacles of cinema, fleeting glances and dog eared National Geographics are Loretta’s inspiration to make art and tell her stories.
“So many people, like myself, put so much pressure on themselves to achieve the highest level of technical mastery within their craft. Sometimes chasing academic mastery can be counter-productive and self-destructive as it gets in the way of actually living. Dedicating your life to your craft is an important and worthwhile cause but getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing life is also very important. Don’t get stuck in the ‘skill trap’ and miss out on experiencing life!” – Loretta Lizzio (The Weekend Edition)