In the relative quiet of a large studio in Hilversum, Zwier Cornelissen has been developing her work in recent years. The studio seemed like a kind of artist-in-residencies place, where she worked in the lee for several years. That workplace became a kind of autobiographical laboratory.
Against the prevailing currents, she creates one portrait after another in a vocabulary of her own. No ideology or social theme predominates in her work; it is rather an aesthetic autonomous quest for what a portrait could still be in this day and age. She is not afraid to use well-known clichés of 'the beautiful angelic' girl, but she does so with such flair and talented painterly hand and with such vigor that the work always becomes more than just that. A kind of alienation then arises that is angelic and at the same time very tough. The use of materials is always simple, nevertheless it shows a great insight into what an image can be. Personally, I see an idiosyncratic talent with great potential.
She works in a playfully light-footed and associative way, but when we stand in front of the work it is still extremely precise and decided. This makes it difficult to interpret the work. The question arises as to what we are actually looking at. And that is precisely the strength of the work. Apparent simplicity, which seduces us into a different reality. Perhaps she is playing with the enormous amount of faces we see every day on social media, but these portraits seem to come from another world, they don't just let themselves be known. Maybe it's a dream.