South African artist
Cornelia Stoop obtained a BA fine arts degree at Tshwane University of Technology in 2006.
She has since participated in many group exhibitions, among others with Carol Lee and Is art including Turbine art fair 2019, Linteloo in Zeist, Holland 2017, Fynarts festival in Hermanus 2013. Her work is in various private collections including Ellerman House, Cape Town, Barloworld, “Speenvarkie” (Sculpture, cement and steel), UNISA Collection, “Abacus” (Ceramic paper and steel) acquired in August 2006, UNISA Collection, “Untitled” (Ceramic and wood) acquired in August 2006.
Stoop lives in Pringle Bay, a town located within the Kogelberg biosphere reserve.
The work is rooted in realism, as it is expressed in modeling style and concept. Images sprout from meditation on present reality. For example, it asks the viewer to reevaluate the legitimacy of an anthropocentric outlook of the world. Consequently, objects and subjects are used metaphorically and often contain social commentary.
Baboons roam freely through the village of Pringle Bay. Most importantly residents of Pringle Bay conservancy are tasked to pursue strategies for an increasingly harmonious coexistence with the natural environment and its wild inhabitants. This includes the primate, chacma baboon, which has been an inspiration to the artist as can be seen in the ‘Astronaut series’.