Lotta Esko (MA 2003 Aalto University) works with visual arts and performance design. She has had solo exhibitions in Helsinki, Amsterdam and Toronto. Lotta has also taken part in group exhibitions in Helsinki, Amsterdam and New York. Lotta took part in the Music Biennale in Venice in 2012 with the set design for the contemporary opera ”Serial Sevens” (director Kristiina Helin).
In most of my painting processes, Sweet disaster is what I call the delicate moment when I have performed a bold move resulting in an unpredictable outcome. But this is the precious moment where I surprise myself with the result. Painting is a space for the critical deployment of ambiguity, wit, failure and unknowing. A painting can also be a representation of something that isn’t there yet, an opening for a possibility to appear later. I try to create real gaps or leaps in the predictable and confined reality we live in. The painting process is a space of living without limits for me.
My practice consists of painting and artistic collaborations with performance design. The collaborations I undertake are mostly with contemporary dance and opera productions. These different disciplines also intersect in some of my own projects. At times I have moved my studio and painting practice into the rehearsals of a performance, working side by side with the performers. Not having them as subjects but instead reacting to the different dimensions, tensions and layers produced in the rehearsals. Painting has the chance of going of the rails in a different way than a performance.
With painting, I mostly work with acrylics on canvas. The thrill of the acrylics is the different kinds of agencies the paint can have like how the pigments choose to arrange themselves when the paint dries. During my painting process, figuration often yields before abstraction as the components of the images and the dynamics of colour take over.