About

Cornelia van Voorst is a visual artist and theopoetic practitioner with a studio practice in Victoria, BC, Canada on the traditional lands of the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) peoples, the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.  Her recent work explores the limitations of narratives that promote success through victory. In a world shut down by pandemic, stories of endurance and compassion in the face of both personal and collective adversity have become essential. Images of roses are altered through the application of distress processes and many layers of ink to become a form of remembrance for stories of resilience and resistance.
Living with a complex form of PTSD influences van Voorst’s engagement with intergenerational trauma.  In all of her work, allusive, lyrical images hover between literal and metaphorical depiction and negotiate the space between lived experience and dominant narrative.  Her work is an empathetic integration of the personal with the historical that resonates within our contemporary context.