Jo Bertini
Desert Expeditions
13–31 May 2019

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For ten years Bertini worked as the Expedition Artist with ‘Australian Desert Expeditions’, a group of esteemed experts from a range of universities, museums, herbariums and scientific institutions, across various academic and scientific disciplines, on ecological, archeological and indigenous research into the most remote and inaccessible regions of the Australian deserts.

Over this period Bertini came to know the transformative nature of landscape beyond traditional boundaries of understanding. Her ongoing relationship with the Australian landscape is one of profound respect. Bertini observes, “in these fragile places change becomes a natural, ritual act, transformative, essential and spiritual.” She continues, “this re-contextualised landscape is without ownership. A place where the horizon and the sum of all it’s parts are seen and integrated by the artist eye.”

Bertini’s experience in the Australian landscape has informed her fieldwork in the deserts of North Western India, Mongolia and most recently New Mexico. 


Jo Bertini
Desert Expeditions
13–31 May 2019
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