I Want to Last

Alemendra Bertoni

Acrylic on Carved Wood

48 x 24 in

“My work examines the influence of Christian theology on human behavior to explore themes of desire, sin, and devotion. Color plays a significant role in my practice; symbolic of light and redemption. Fantastical scenes composed of contorted bodies, airy architectural spaces, religious imagery, and vibrant hues harken to visual traditions of surrealist painting. Hand carved wooden frames add a sculptural element, extending the paintings into three dimensional space. The sculpted frames serve as a portal to an atmospheric, uncanny otherworld in which holiness is found amongst corruption. I ultimately aim to inspire viewers to reflect upon misdirected desire and to discover sanctity in even the most unusual of places.”