In 2015 Bertini was awarded the inaugural Artist Annex Residence in Santa Fe and has continued to return to the deserts of New Mexico for this ongoing residency ever since. Painting in the very same landscape that provided endless inspiration for Georgia O’Keeffe, Bertini’s work observes the incredible history of indigenous Puebloans, Apaches, Utes and Navajos, conquistadors, colonists and artists who came before her.
Bertini muses “Art imitates life and then life imitates art.” She continues “The desert is ‘seen’ through the eyes of the cultural material that has been inspired by it. Desert peoples have left their imprint on the landscape, just as the landscape has marked them.”
The paintings produced while on this residency are a reunification with something more fundamental than ourselves, the entanglement of matter and spirit, the creative source. Bertini will be exhibiting these works inspired by the deserts of New Mexico in her debut exhibition with Arthouse Gallery in August.