Catherine Bertola makes temporary interventions that respond to existing sites, objects and drawings in order to uncover and re-animate their forgotten histories. She considers the physical residue of the past as raw material for her works, often focussing on such things as historic buildings, photographs and archives. This practice of adaptation is used as a means to reframe the past for the viewer, in order to promote a reconsideration of the histories with which she engages.
Bertola has held a range of solo and group exhibitions, both within the UK and internationally. She has recently presented solo exhibitions at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth ; Workplace Gallery, Gateshead ; and Galerie M+R Fricke, Berlin . She has also participated in notable group exhibitions such as Personal Tempest at the Neue Gallery, Innsbruck, Austria  and Out of the Ordinary, V&A, London .