Cornelia Konrads, born in Wuppertal, Germany, studied philosophy and has worked as a freelance artist since 1998. Her interest is primarily focused on site specific installations – indoors and outdoors, temporary and permanent. She did works for public spaces, sculpture parks and private collections.
As a passionate traveller, she has realized concepts through her various experiences of expositions, residencies and commissions in Europe, Asia, Australia and America.
Her starting point is always a reflection of the location of her work and it’s particularities – a close dialogue with the architecture, topography, vegetation and history of the surrounding area.
Cornelia creates states of irritating ambivalence by adding an element to the scenery, which refuses to fit into the expected order, Merged into its site, it's not sure, if this element was always there, if it will stay, change or disappear in the next second. The situation often suggests an ongoing movement or unstoppable process. It can be seen like a filmstill, pointing backwards and forwards, containing past as well as the future, and the whole of the film in its core.
Something doesn’t behave as it should – within the twinkling of an eye the inner monologue gets interrupted. This rupture bears a certain chance: to challenge what is supposed to be "reliable" about what we know: the laws of gravity, the solidity of walls or the ground under our feet. Cornelia’s works are produced contrary to the logic of “what the case is” – but always with a small sardonic smile.
(Holly Flitcroft, Curator of Sculpture Space, Utica NY 2012)
I like this idea of showing that there is something invisible to be found in the visible. I like to awaken the joy of thinking about possibilities, about what might be. […] What I'm most interested in is order and chaos. The visible and invisible. The material and immaterial. And I don't see them as contradictions. They're like poles that are in everything. I like moments of amazement and irritation. On the whole when we look, we don't see. We wander in a sort of monologue with ourselves. This irritation and amazement shake us out of this mental drowsiness.” Cornelia Konrads
Cornelia Konrads (Germany)
Artist - in - Residence
September 10-28, 2018