Lovatt began his University years in a photography programme, but his professional practice ended up focusing on drawing which he has been doing since he was a small child. He first drew as a means of self-expression, but as time progressed he began to see drawing as a way of communicating his experience and identity with others. Lovatt’s work is often inflected with surrealist impulses, a quality that allows his work to extend into hopeful and utopic grounds. The sexuality and sensuality of his work often comes together with his surrealism to provide brief escapes from reality.
“I Wish” brings together drawings and multimedia sculptural pieces informed by conceptual art and the artist’s experience with the fashion industry. Lovatt is not aiming his sights at the fashion industry’s industrial scale quite yet, but he is interested in the way fashion can activate and speak to different identity groups. Ultimately, he hopes this new series will expand the horizons of his work, and provide new points of engagement for viewers.