An Interview With Artist Clara Cornelius

Clara Cornelius artist Hyattsville exhibit

Photo courtesy Clara Cornelius

As an artist, Clara Cornelius makes — and then remakes.

The designer in residence at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, the University Park resident specializes in digital collage, taking photos and making drawings that she then incorporates into fantastical panoramas.

Her exhibit, “Imaginary Funhouse,” opened Friday at the print studio in Hyattsville’s SoHy neighborhood and will be on display through Feb. 9.

It features nearly 20 years of her own photos and reworked images, including three epic pieces that are 17 feet wide, two interactive games and a button machine that works on quarters.

She’s also done some work for Pyramid Atlantic, designing a few of its “Make Something” posters, including the one shown below.

Clara Cornelius artist Hyattsville

The Hyattsville Wire spoke with Cornelius recently about the show.

How did the exhibit come about?

I have been the designer in residence at Pyramid for the past year and included in that experience is the opportunity to have a show in their gallery.

Where do you find the source material for your collages?

I take all the photos that appear in my work. And I draw all the graphics that I weave into them. It’s a complete world of my own making!

Where do you do your work?

I have a studio in my home in University Park. That makes it possible/easy for me to work and spend time with my daughter.

What do you think of the local arts community?

I’ve only been living in the area for 2 years (transplant from Brooklyn, N.Y.), so I’m still figuring out the lay of the land. But overall it feels very vibrant and accessible. There is an incredibly cool community of folks at Pyramid, and I feel very lucky to be a part of that.

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