Cortney Stephenson completed her BFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she majored in Drawing and Painting. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting, recognizing female artists whose major means of expression has been painting. In the spring of 2011 she launched My Mother’s Basement Gallery, an alternative exhibition platform that focuses on giving exposure to emerging artists. Stephenson maintains an active studio practice and teaches with multiple organizations including OCADU’s Continuing Studies department and DAREArts. Stephenson has shown both in Toronto and Internationally, and currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
My work has focused primarily on the natural and entropic
relationships and first person experiences of spaces, while looking at
constructed and organic developments of the urban environment.
Drawing from the separation that exists between community
development and urban renewal, between private and public spaces,
I created abstracted representations of buildings, cityscapes and
methods of mass transit
Reflective of a dense and concentrated landscape, in my new body of
work I attempt to translate the experience of atmospheric conditions
through the exploration of situation, space and form, while making
references to landmass through drawn line and colour. I am
interested in engaging with the ongoing dialogue between
constructed space and structures, and the organic evolutions of form.
Developing this body of work has raised questions for me about the
implications of longevity in painting, and the parallels of constructed
and natural processes. These pieces reflect my work into material
exploration, physically layering disparate materials between wax
layers to enable me to carve back into the paintings to reveal the
layers below, allowing them to be continuously editable. Through the
use of multiple, durable, archival media, I explore the parallels
between urban and natural environment.