Petra Cortright interview

Wednesday 25th August, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

*Let Petra be Petra, that’s my philosophy.

Hi Petra! It’s great to chat. How has the last year been for you?

I mean, I had a great year, which I know is an obnoxious thing to say. But I made so much work because I didn’t have any excessive social obligations. I’d work out every day and then paint a lot. It was awesome. When I was younger, I used to get a lot of ideas when I was bored. And boredom is, like, hardly a thing anymore. So that was a really nice element of lockdown for me. I was getting a lot more ideas and felt a lot less pressure.

And by “paint” you mean?

On the computer. In Photoshop.

You’ve recently been doing some work with Adobe Flash, right?

Yes. Flash is a really shitty technology and there was a reason that they killed it, but then once it was dead, I felt like they were kind of daring me to make new work. When someone tells me I can’t do something, I really want to do it….