German artist Cornelia Konrads creates mind-bending site-specific installations in public spaces, sculpture parks and private gardens around the world. We can say that her art is gravity-defying.
Her work is frequently punctuated by the illusion of weightlessness, where stacked objects like logs, fences, and doorways appear to be suspended in mid-air, reinforcing their temporary nature as if the installation is beginning to dissolve before your eyes.
Cornelia Konrads land art installations have floated over natural landscapes across the world. Suspended in time, the works provide a peaceful, contemplative interaction between nature and man-made culture while forming a bridge of mythic other-worldliness between the two.
Gateways feature heavily within Konrads’ work – Passage, installed in a forest clearing in Germany, provides a literal pathway back into nature. Returning cut-down branches to the cleared area, Konrads provides a direct, graceful and yet playful link between our own interventions into nature and the beauty of the nearby untouched wilderness. Crafted from branches mounted upon an iron frame and suspended with steel rope, the installation forms a roughly organized door frame before drifting upwards and outwards, almost camouflaged by the surrounding woodlands.
Meanwhile The Gate reclaimed two posts, denoting an abandoned entrance way in France by surrounding them with found rocks. As they ascend, the rocks transform the entrance from a regular man-made structure into something altogether more ethereal. Konrads integrates a more focused sense of hope into the reformation of found natural objects and their surroundings.