Deep In Land
Deep In Land
Deep in Land
May 5 - July 14, 2022
Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery, Ent Center for the Arts
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Deep in Land is an exhibition featuring the paintings of renowned Australian artist Jo Bertini, with collaborative music, sound, and video imagery of musician and composer Thomas Studer. Deep in Land is inspired by the deserts of the American Southwest. The artworks emanate from Jo Bertini’s many decades of research and fieldwork into the unique and fragile beauty of remote desert landscapes and the peoples and cultures that have flourished there. The exhibition explores the extraordinary intrinsic value, interconnectedness, and essential nature of desert landscapes through a particularly female perspective, distinct from the established historical archive of desert understanding.
For the artist, these desert places simultaneously invoke a sense of the vastness of space and a personal intimacy while retaining a fierce, unexpected wildness. These seemingly harsh and inhospitable environments inspire Bertini a primary instinct to create. Artworks become a type of elegy, a memorial, extending the traditions of landscape painting and oral storytelling. Trees can talk - mountains can move - rivers hold secrets - grains of sand weave myth, knowledge, and culture from the past to the present.
Jo Bertini is an award winning, internationally lauded Australian artist who will exhibit a series of new works at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery in spring, 2022. Known internationally for her paintings and drawings of desert landscapes, people and animals, her work has been acquired by private and public collections both nationally and internationally and is on display in many public art galleries, museums and institutions.
For ten years, Bertini worked as an Expedition Artist on scientific and ecological survey expeditions into the most remote and inaccessible desert regions of Australia. A published art book, ‘Fieldwork - Jo Bertini’ celebrates her long and intimate engagement with the Australian desert. She also maintains a desert studio in the Southwest United States, near Abiquiu, New Mexico. Jo Bertini continues to focus her artistic interests on desert people and places, painting and working in some of the most remote and inaccessible desert regions of the world.
Instagram: @Jo Bertini (@jobertini) • @gocacolospgs
Image: “Breath of the Last Wild River”, 80x80”, oil & iridescent pigments on French polyester canvas, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.
Exhibition on View:
May 5 -July 14, 2022
Visiting Artists & Critics Series Lecture
VISITING ARTISTS & CRITICS TALK WITH JO BERTINI AT 4 PM,
FOLLOWED BY RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST UNTIL 6 PM.
Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery Hours
Thursday - Saturday, 1-6 pm, or by appointment.
As always, galleries are free to visit.
This exhibition presented in partnership with: