Petra Cortright

Fall 2020

In Petra Cortright's site-specific commission Webcam still life with flowers: blue, green, and red, the artist continues an exploration into merging her painting and video practices. The work blurs the line between the two using a range of technical and figurative modes key to her work in both fields. The result reflects the incredibly intimate and low fi approaches to which Cortright works, translated to a grand scale.

"I wanted to make something bright and beautiful for Chicago's public," said artist Petra Cortright. "The effects used in the videos took the architecture of the building into account, and the simplicity of the figurative content is meant to offer space for a contemplative visual experience." Cortright added, "The best gift is always flowers."


Works & Experience

Petra Cortright's core practice is the creation and distribution of digital and physical images using consumer or corporate softwares. She became renowned for making self-portrait videos that use her computer's webcam nd default effects tools, which she would then upload to YouTube and caption with spam text. Cortright's paintings on aluminum, linen, paper or acrylic are created in Photoshop using painting software and appropriated images, icons and marks. The digital files are endlessly modifiable, but at a "decisive moment" they are translated into two-dimensional objects. They become finite, yet their range of motifs and marks, and their disorienting perspectives and dimensions suggest dynamic change.