Printmaking is Karen Cornelius’ discipline of choice. The transfer of image and texture from one surface to another as well as the repetition and layering of image attracts her to the medium. Although trained in traditional printmaking methods, she has progressively pushed the traditional boundaries exploring non-traditional materials and methods.
Cornelius also works with video and performance. The layering of image and meaning in both a single frame and in time including both visual image and sound attracts her to this art form.
Cornelius gives priority to collaboration whether with national or international artists, community groups or educational settings. For her, collaboration provides a supportive environment for creative expression, experimentation and exchange of knowledge and information while cultivating mutual understanding and respect.
Cornelius has exhibited nationally and internationally and have participated in artist residencies in Hong Kong, mainland China and Newfoundland. She has received numerous travel awards from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Art Council, and grants from the Cultural Division of External Affairs Canada and Canada Council. Her work is held in the collections of the Canadian Art Bank, Foreign Affairs, the City of Ottawa, Ernst and Young and the National Archives of Canada and in corporate and private collections around the world.
In addition to her art practice, Cornelius teaches through the Artists in the Schools Manitoba Arts Council programme and she has taught through the Winnipeg Art Gallery studio programme, Yang Mythos Education in Shen Zhen China and other community based programs such as Art City, Artists in Healthcare and Video Pool.