In WENDY a striptese dancer moves across the digital painting’s horizon, a set of classical arches her footpath. In this way, Cortright merges ancient and contemporary references within her landscape, which overflows with multi-colored flowers and other lush vegetation. At odds, however, with the dancer’s delicate movements are the forms of stones flying across the space, the hulking presence of which provide tonal contrast to the space and augments a sense of the fantastic.
WENDY is a digital painting on hot press rag paper mounted on dibond.
At the center of American artist Petra Cortright’s practice is the creation and distribution of digital and physical images using consumer or corporate software. For Cortright, the Internet provides materials, making techniques, and a platform for viewership of her digital work, which is also manifested physically through materials ranging from aluminum to silk. Cortright’s digital paintings, created using Photoshop, exist within these two realms as a reflection of the artist’s interest in the varied processes and possibilities of digital and printing methods of production.
Petra Cortright (b. 1986 in Santa Barbara, California) has exhibited both nationally and internationally at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Austria, and the Venice Biennale, Italy. Her work is held in the permanent collections of MOCA Los Angeles, MCA Chicago, and Kadist, Paris, among others.