Bertz has been looking at an entirely different way of drawing where she does, to quote Paul Klee, “take a line for a walk”.
Her ‘line’ though, is a stitched one, using machine embroidery to let the line do what it wants. Let the line run free. It is only when a drawing is done that she sits back and discovers and unveils the story that the line is telling. She brings it to life, using colour and ink drawing.
The results are playful and profound, the line becoming literally the thread that joins the characters together in a world of storytelling and fairytale.
The work has been a departure and almost a light relief from her normal big abstract oil paintings. The small format gives her permission to play, and once started she could not stop discovering.