Cornelia cooks up her art
PAINTING and baking go hand in hand for Bangalow artist Cornelia Burless.
Four days a week she works in her home studio on her beautifully sparse canvases.
But on Fridays at 10am she begins baking, finishing at 4.30am on Saturday ready for her bread and pastries to go on sale at the local farmers market.
"Many artists are also cooks," Cornelia said.
"It has something to do with the craft aspect of both skills.
"When I paint I personally like to feel I am mastering a skill at the same time as being expressive."
Her latest work is part of an exhibition, Four of the Best that opened on February 22 at Anthea Polson Art on the Gold Coast.
Cornelia's studio is her refuge, but a refuge still within her family home.
"Having the studio in the house gives me the opportunity to do other things at the same time as I am painting," she said.
"It allows me to walk away from the work, and when I return I see it with fresh eyes.
"My work tends to be based around recurring themes, which reflect fragmented memories and images from the present and the past.
"The meanings of things we have seen in childhood are often unresolved.
Cornelia delights in disrupted narratives and many of her works have moments of intense focus disturbed by passages of spontaneous expressionism.
"When we are children there is a rawness of emotion that I am recalling in my work."
"I like looking back at things I have seen in the past, bringing them back and reliving these things.
"I also look just at feet, hands and body parts in some of my paintings.
"I like to see how much I can say just by using those simple elements."
Cornelia was born and raised in Bavaria, arriving on the North Coast 12 years ago.
Many local art aficionados will be familiar with her so called pink cow paintings.
"Well, the pink cows... they started as a commentary on our seachange in moving to our Northern Rivers farm 12 years ago," Cornelia said.
"We were so taken with the seemingly idyllic lifestyle; it was as if we were looking through rose-coloured glasses."
For more of Cornelia Burless' work go to: antheapolsonart.com.au