While studying fine art in Sydney, Australia, Cornelia van Voorst questioned the validity of being an artist in a world which seemed to need so much more.
Having worked as an aid worker in the Philippines just prior to the Peoples’ Revolution, and studying at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tienanmen Square and South African Apartheid, being an artist appeared to be an inadequate response to a hurting world. Working with children and families seemed a more useful vocational choice, yet the desire to make art never left her.
In the last few years while seeking to understand the effect of war on her own family, many of her questions about art’s value have been resolved, so much so that she has committed to her own art practice with her work focusing on the impact of war on women and children.
Cornelia van Voorst lives in Victoria, British Columbia , Canada