Technical specification: ready-made installation, 2020, cupboards and collection of porcelain figures, 180 x 150 x 40 cm
The installation consists of about 150 mostly porcelain figurines taken from the artist’s family home. They come from the private collection of Kornelia’s father who is interested in antiques and applied art of the late 19th and early 20th century. Tightly packed atop of a cupboard they create an elaborate scene resembling crowded, allegorical painting depictions of Old Dutch Masters. Their arrangement is changeable, it depends on a particular presentation, but it is always set on a home cupboard. Kornelia’s Dad does not share her interests related to contemporary art. His attitude to modernity, just like to his daughter’s activities, is rather indulgent. By including his collection into her work, the artist made him a part of the world which he makes fun of. Kornelia refers to the private sphere, her own experiences and relationship with her father, indicating at the same time that for many, contemporary art is still incomprehensible. Pastwardmen are about the relationship of the artist with the audience, and of the father with his daughter.