Pilar Cortes

Pilar Cortes

Bristol, United Kingdom

About Pilar Cortes

Originating from Mexico City, Pilar Cortes graduated with BA in Visual Arts at the National School of Arts (ENAP), part of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Based in Bristol, UK since 2008, she works at her studio at Hamilton grew up both in Mexico City and in Tuxtla Gutiérrez Chiapas. In 2007 I graduated with BA in Visual Arts the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Since 2008, I have been based in Bristol, UK where I was part of a vibrant and diverse comunity at Coexist Studios, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft. Recently, I have moved to Mivart Studios, Easton.

A sense of uncertainty and continuing self questioning drives my daily practice. Nothing ever feels certain in the process of painting, and this uncertainty drove me to paint through the ever-changing symbolism of water.

A lot of my paintings start from painting on the floor; through the plasticity of the paints and mediums. Water or air emerge from the simple action of making a mark on the canvas. Other paintings are inspired by both my own photography and online images, which I alter digitally, both before and during the process of painting.

Through my work, I aim to invoke a sense of the sublime.

Education

Visual Arts at the National School of Arts (ENAP), part of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).