Cornelia van Voorst’s tender and expressive drawings convey complex feelings and ideas about war, loss and remembrance. Her work represents an empathetic response of the personal with the historical. Bearing witness as a child to her German father’s battlefield flashbacks motivates her engagement with the history of the Second World War. Works on paper negotiate the space between individual lived experience and dominant narrative.
Allusive, lyrical images are produced with ink, conte, and resist materials such as eraser, wax and china pencil. These transcend familiar military narratives and emphasise a civilian perspective. With her ancestral roots in the Netherlands and Germany, being brought up in Australia, and now living in Canada, she is familiar with multiple points of view concerning WW2 and speaks to the universal suffering of war.