Cally Lotz’s work explores the notion of containment from within the Still Life genre. Questioning the tussle between the object depicted and the canvas itself, Lotz tests the boundaries of containment. Using the gallery as a metaphor for containment her subject matter refers to being restricted rather than limited.
The objects themselves allow Lotz to investigate the formal aspects of painting whilst challenging the tradition of still life. The antonym of containment is freedom, chaos, and disorganisation – these paintings suggest the opposite. There is a quietness and order yet abstract quality to the work. It seems that the more intensely reality is observed the more abstract it becomes.