At the center of PAMELA kneels a woman surrounded by pastures and a field of wildflowers. In this pristine agricultural space, which the viewer is invited into directly by female figure’s gaze, Cortright brings together core motifs of Western farm space—a cow grazing; wooden fences; birds nesting; a windmill situated in the distance—creating an illusion centered on idealism, both human and topographic.
PAMELA 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.