The origins of  generational trauma influences the concerns of Cornelia van Voorst’s art practice. Her ancestral roots are located in Germany during the difficult years of the Weimar Republic and the Second World War, yet she avoids obvious cultural references and dependence on popular narrative in order to speak to the universal suffering of war.  Referencing lesser known wartime stories with a civilian rather than military emphasis, her work on paper represents an empathetic conjunction of the personal with the historical and bears witness to the resonance of the continuum of  past and present within lived experience.

Cornelia van Voorst grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.



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