Interview with the genre-breaking artist for The Fold Magazine
For the past few years, Petra Cortright has been the toast of the art world as well as its most mischievous disruptor, gently probing its boundaries. From her webcam diaries to her mesmerizing digital paintings (which earned her the designation “The Monet of the 21st century”) , she has continuously redefined what art can do and mean in the post-internet age. Billing herself as an artist interested in “the creation and distribution of digital files,” Cortright’s puckish nature belies the seriousness and dedication that the 31-year-old shows in her craft. Taking a break from her 12-hour work day, we spoke to her about being the last generation to enjoy a pre-internet childhood, her formative experiences in the virtual world, dropping out of art school, selling digital work, the joys of Photoshop, experiments in 3D, and responding to success.