Fab Aussie indie artist Bertie Blackman is currently holed up in the Melbourne hotel that bears her name. The Blackman is the third in a series of 'art hotels' that's opened in Melbourne over the past year, following on from The Cullen and The Olsen. Each of the hotels is inspired by famous Australian artists - and it just so happens that The Blackman was inspired by Bertie's father, famous figurative artist Charles Blackman.
Bertie is spending a total of eleven weeks in the new hotel, garnering inspiration and writing for her next studio album.
"It's been a really long time since I've had my father's work on all walls and being listed into his dark dimensions," she says of her stay at The Blackman. "I share a piece of that, being a part of him. It’s inspiring and at the same time, a bit scary and overwhelming working here. But that's a good thing because it pushes me to be the best I can be. The hotel is a beautiful homage to my father."
To keep fans abreast of what she's been up to while she's staying at the hotel, Bertie has been blogging at www.bertieattheblackman.com.au.
She's due to check out in early November.