On 29 September 2022, Petra Cortright opened her first institutional solo show in the US, ‘sapphire cinnamon viper fairy’ at Palm Springs Art Museum in California. The exhibition marks another milestone in her trailblazing artistic practice and is on view until 26 March 2023.
‘During the early 2000s, she captured the attention of the art world with a series of self-portrait videos that demonstrated unconventional uses of standard special effects. [Petra’s] paintings evoke the work of the Impressionists and other plein air painters, but she sources her imagery online, using the internet as a stand-in for nature.
These works, nonetheless, exert a powerful physical presence. As she puts it, “While the work originates from an endless digital realm, my decision to ‘save as’ finalizes the painting and gives it a unique place in the ‘real world’ forever. I have a deep love of physical things and physical spaces.”’
- Excerpt from exhibition text, Palm Springs Art Museum.
[pictures ikon] by Lance Gerber, courtesy of Petra Cortright Studio