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Diane Bertolo (b. 1953), The End of Nature is Nature, 2012–2017; gouache on vintage paper, 20 pieces comprise the whole, overall approx. 57 x 57 inches; Gift of the artist

Diane Bertolo (b. 1953), The End of Nature is Nature, 2012–2017; gouache on vintage paper, 20 pieces comprise the whole, overall approx. 57 x 57 inches; Gift of the artist

The End of Nature is Nature is a series of leaves painted on found wood-pulp paper that over time will eventually crumble and be recycled by the earth. Diane Bertolo wrote: “This work, and many others that I’ve been making over time deals with the Buddhist principle of impermanence, the passage of time, and the fragility of nature. They express a certain reverence for the beauty and spectacle of disintegration while at the same time, provide an environmental cautionary tale.”

Bertolo was part of the original group of artists who established Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in 1974. She works in a variety of media, including “pixels, paper, sticks and stones to create clocks and calendars that mix chaos with logic as they mark the passage of time; to make small poetic objects that celebrate the ‘everyday’ and to ask questions that are unspeakable in our first language.”

Her work has been exhibited in many museums, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-Garde of the 70s), Burchfield Penney Art Center, Everson Museum of Art, and San Francisco Art Institute, and in numerous media festivals held in Barcelona, Spain and Los Angeles, among others. —NW