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by Petra Cortright


“The first art e-book that went viral.”


“The precise opposite of the steely minimalism that Steve Jobs hoped for from his user base.”


HELL_TREE is the first e-book by acclaimed net artist Petra Cortright. Since 2005, Cortright has produced a unique body of work that evokes the precarious nature of life in the age of media saturation. HELL_TREE consists of a series of writings by Cortright that exists solely within the context of her computer desktop.

By turns technical, absurd, tender, and urgent, HELL_TREE is an unfiltered recording of Cortright's thoughts during the course of her days. To-do lists conflate with poems. Motivational pronouncements interlace with inflammatory tweets. Texts and images pile and compile without any particular structure other than an unspoken directive to keep everything moving and formless. HELL_TREE embodies this spirit of formlessness. It is an intimate portrait of the artist as a young medium.


Ebook ISBN: 978-1-936440-37-5

107 pages


Petra Cortright

Petra Cortright (born 1986) is an artist who lives and works in California. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a member of ... more