BIOGRAPHY                          - Born 1977, Belgium

                                                - Lives and works in Antwerp . Belgium


EDUCATION                           2003

                                                - Post Aggregate . Royal Academy of Fine Arts . Antwerp . Belgium


                                                - MFA, St. Lucas . Antwerp . Belgium


                                                - BFA, St. Lucas . Antwerp . Belgium




In her latest series, EARTH WORKS , the Belgian artist Inge Cornil plays tribute to the generosity of nature.
In her work, she explains the relationship between the dominance of human growth and its natural environment.
In the early 21 C human dominance of the planet is absolute. The ability of Mother Earth to absorb such dominance is being tested as never before. Overcrowding, global warming, pollution, resource wars dominate daily news services in every country.

Asia and South America are the fastest growing places on Earth where transformation happens in a heartbeat.
Coming from a fascination with the chemical transformation of matter, massconsumption and -production, Cornil visited several places in these countries where the earth is tattooed by a far-equality process.

The artist went in search what usually remains hidden. The shocking images she experienced dominated her thoughts. While traveling she recorded her perceptions, drawings, photographs and writing.  The more she saw, the more she wanted to see. One gigantic waste field led to the discovery of another and another…in city after city, country after country.
With time she got to see beyond the desolation and the hopelessness.


Mother Earth began to reveal another side to the despondency and depression. She began to show how she was able to absorb such detritus. How she was able to work with it, soak it up, break it down and convert it to different materials that provided life and nutrition to insects, animals, plants and trees.

The regeneration of Mother Earth is the main focus in Cornil’s work. Thoughts of despondency and despair turned to thoughts of renewal and revitalization, death and loss, to rebirth and new beginnings and darkness and bleakness, to colour and light.  

In her effort to replicate nature and the natural processes Cornil experimented feverishly with multiple ways of evolving her paintings. Cornil combined natural pigments with liquids on canvas. By using water freely, layers blend into each other, resulting in an inimitable organic magma.  Just as the earth is being polluted, the underlying layers of the paintings of Inge Cornil are contaminated. Certain areas of her paintings exhibit scars, in a similar manner to how the earth is being tattooed by the chemical interactions of pieces of garbage.

EARTH WORKS refers to the first Land Art artists who intended to leave the cold and enclosed space of the white cube to get into contact again with the outside world. Cornil is turning this process upside down: her field research helps her to let the outside world into her studio so she can bring that beauty into the exhibition space.


Text: Claude Calleja