CCT: William DeLottie

Connecticut Artists Collection

William DeLottie
 
{William DeLottie} William DeLottie was born and raised in Connecticut, received his BFA from the University of Connecticut, and has lived and worked here ever since. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries including Artspace (New Haven), Real Art Ways (Hartford), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), New Britain Museum of American Art, and Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford).
 
Artist Statement:

As to my work in general – the following excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams sums it up beautifully: “What is REAL?" asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day ... "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" "Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When [someone] loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." "Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt." "Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. "Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand... once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

 

With regards to works like thought image (3 parts) and boy + girl + plaid skirt, the following comes to mind. I saw a metal clothes hanger on the side of the road near where I live. It made me think of all the different clothes that might have hung on that hanger over time. All maybe a little different from each other in fabric or color or cut or purpose, but all clothes. Then I thought of the various “thought images” that populate my work – over time and ongoing. They are very much like the clothes that were draped over that hanger over the years – each "thought image" appearing and disappearing only to reappear again and again – sometimes a little bruised – or broken – or disfigured.


Gorky's Granddaughter Documentary Art Project - William DeLottie



{thought image (part 1)}   {thought image (part 2)}   {thought image (part 3)}
thought image (3 parts)
2005
acrylic pigmented paint and charcoal on rag paper
38" high x 50" wide (each part)
(purchased in 2013)

Available for viewing:
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.


{boy + girl + plaid skirt}
boy + girl + plaid skirt
2003-2004
acrylic pigmented paint, charcoal, and chalk on rag paper
50" high x 64-3/8" wide
(purchased in 2013)

Available for viewing:
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.


{THE.b}
THE.b
1977
pigmented acrylic paint on muslin
10' high x 11' wide
(purchased in 1994)
 
Currently on exhibit:
Where: Quinebaug Valley Community College - Quinebaug Middle College building, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT
When: 8:00am - 9:00pm, Monday-Thursday / 8:00am - 5:00pm, Friday
Free parking available in any QVCC parking lot.