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Cornelia van Voorst’s art practice is informed by research into the origins of intergenerational trauma. Brought up in Australia and now living in Canada, her ancestral roots are located in the Netherlands, and in Germany during the years of the Weimar Republic and the Second World War. Being familiar with multiple points of view concerning WW2, her work brings forth smaller, lesser known wartime stories which transcend  familiar nationalistic, generational and military narratives. Her practice engages a process of repeated drawing of  lyrical and allusive singular images, which are grouped together to emphasise and contrast individual story with collective recitals of history.  Cornelia van Voorst’s works on paper are an empathetic conjunction of the personal with the historical, of complex feelings and ideas about humanity and enmity, of grief and remembrance, and bear witness to the continuum of past and present within contemporary lived experience.

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