Anything that is strange, accidental, individual can become our portal to the universe. A face, a star, a stretch of countryside, an old tree, etc., may make an epoch in our inner lives. – This is the great reality of fetish worship. Novalis, Neue Fragmente, No. 259
It is my hope that my work speaks for itself, in its own voice, without being burdened with autobiographical and or didactic references. If the work in question has any meaning or purpose in the accepted sense; it is in its ability to engage the viewer in a creative dialogue of association, allusion, and reverie.
Wayne Bertola is, for lack of a better term, self-taught...Influences have ranged from the iconography of Roman Catholicism to the collages of Max Ernst, the constructions of Joseph Cornell and the visionary art of Henry Darger.