Cornelia Wyngaarden (b. 1942, the Hague, lives Vancouver) A pioneering media artist, Cornelia Wyngaarden has explored the queer and female subjectivity since the 1980s. Her media installations have taken up as the topic the heroine of various stories from Greek mythology to Canadian parliamentary history. Her poetic video portraits of female protagonists defy the male-centric order of their respective milieu. Wyngaarden is also an active cultural participant who has rallied, fought, and forged for artist-run organizations such as Video In/Out, Western Front, and Artspeak to lay the foundation on which much of Vancouver’s arts community flourished. Press releases, announcement cards, newspaper and journal clippings comprise a loose and open file that also point to the network of her peers and interlocutors, including Chick Rice, Andrea Fatona, Mike MacDonald, and Kate Craig.
This artist file is an excerpt from Cornelia Wyngaarden: Artist File, 2016, edited by Kim Nguyen and Liz Park, and published by Artspeak in Vancouver. The materials gathered here are mainly drawn from Wyngaarden’s artist file kept at the Vancouver Art Gallery Library & Archives, an important local and national art resource. Excerpts from the file are reprinted by permission of the Vancouver Art Gallery Library and Archives, the Vancouver Courier, the Georgia Straight. Page layout designed by Julie Peeters and Scott Ponik.
The original Cornelia Wyngaarden: Artist File is in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery Library & Archives. Excerpts from the file are reprinted by permission of the Vancouver Art Gallery Library and Archives.