Cortney Stevenson

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.


Artist Statement

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.