Dr Veronica Vickery is a visual artist and cultural geographer based at Spike Island, Bristol (studio 98).
She has a trans-disciplinary background that brings together a research-led art practice and critical geographical enquiry, and led to being awarded an art-practice based PhD in Cultural Geography (Exeter, 2016). She is currently developing a project responding to the local geographies of water/land sites around Bristol and the sea/river/urban/rural environment in which she now lives (on a boat). This work is focussed on environmental imperative — on sites in which the tensions and fissures between human and more-than-human worlds are attenuated.
Veronica works through long-term, slow-burn, site-specific projects materialised through a layered exploration/presentation using performance to camera, sculptural installation, audience engagement, painting... Her research processes are heavily influenced by geographical interests from methods (site exploration, sampling water and mud, microscopy), to concerns and theory. Broadly, questions of landscape and power — fences, borders, pollution, degradation and decay — and pressing contemporary issues around how people relate to places, landscapes and the environment underlie her practice. Mud, water and grid-like structures/motifs reoccur.
Her most recent work for Centre of Gravity (2020) at the Old Soapworks, Bristol was concerned with the imbalances of housing and land ownership, and the way that rampant development so often disrupts communities. Two large-scale installations appropriate development marketing materials to respond to the history of the building as a department and DIY store, and its current context at the epicentre of development. Elsewhere, her work points to questions of landscape and power — fences, borders, pollution, degradation and decay — and pressing contemporary issues around how people relate to places, landscapes and the environment.
Her work has also been included in shows at Tate Exchange (2019), the Pavilion, Hauser & Wirth Somerset (2017) and the survey show ‘Imagined Landscapes’, Royal West of England Academy (2016). Academic highlights include performance-lectures at Dartington (2016), Cardiff University (2015), and presentations at the American Association of Geographers (San Francisco, 2016) and the Royal Geographical Society (2012-17). I publish academically.
Exhibitions & performances (selected)
2019 BOSopoly Spike Island Open Studios, Bristol
2019 BOSopoly [installation] with Spike Associates, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern.
2017 Tectonics (II), [artist book, with poet Anna Mace]. In The Open, Bank Street Arts & Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) Gallery
2016 Tectonics (I), [poetry/performance/video collaboration with Anna Mace]. South West Poetry Tour [screening], Hauser & Wirth, Somerset.
2016 Fractured Earth, [online art exhibition]. GeoHumanities.
2016 25/5/ Poniou, [curated exhibition, 6 February – 12 June] Imagined Landscapes, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
2015 Fractured Earth, [performance-lectures, installation and public discussions – PhD presentation], Borlase Smart John Wells Trust/University of Exeter, Porthmeor Studios, St Ives.v
2015 Water-worlds [curated programme of artists projects], RGS-IBG, Exeter. [Linked online network].
2014, 2011, Cornwall Workshop, invited participant. International artist workshop.
2013 Land Matters #1, group show of artist-researchers for Transition10, Newlyn Art Gallery.
2013 The Ocean City Artist-in-residence KARST Plymouth/Back Lane West, Redruth. Presentation, Plymouth Arts Centre.
2020, Practices of home beyond place attachment [invited chapter] in Routledge Handbook on Place, ed Tim Edensor, Una Kothari, Ares Kaladides.
2019 Geologic landscape: a performance and a mobile phone [invited chapter] in Boyd, C. P. and Edwardes, C. Non-Representational Theory and the Creative Arts, Bloomsbury.
2015 Beyond Painting, Beyond Landscape: Working Beyond the Frame to Unsettle Representations of Landscape GeoHumanities, 1(2): 321-344.
Conferences and talks (selected)
2019 Invited speaker, Historical and Cultural Research Group, University of Bristol
2018 Geologic Landscape: a performance and a mobile phone in Estranged Landscapes, Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference (RGS-IBG)v
2017 Panel chair & exhibiting artist, Cross Multi Inter Trans, ASLE-UKI & Land2 Conference, Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK and Ireland)
2017 Disruptive interventions: art practice and the generation of politically complex cultural geographies in Putting philosophies of geography into practice (1), RGS-IBGv
2016 Fractured Earth: encountering the contagions of landscapes and images in Situated practice in the art-geography nexus, RGS-IBG.v
2016 Landscapes of vulnerability here to there, from then to now performance-lecture, Language, Landscape and the Sublime conference, Schumacher College, Dartington Hall.v
2016 Infectious images and geopolitical vulnerabilities in Affective and Emotional Spaces of vulnerability, AAG.
2015 Water-Worlds: art practices and wet ecologies, session convener, RGS-IBG, Exeter.
2015 Something happened: uncomfortably attuning to geo-trauma through art practice performance-lecture Spaces of Attunement conference, Cardiff University.v
2015 Art as Political Act: something happened Vibrant Matters conference, University of Dundee.v
2014 Art as Political Act: paying close attention to the barely seen RGS-IBG.
2014 Contingent foldings and ruptures: working beyond the frame of painting to unsettle representations of landscape Nordic Network of Digital Visuality, Stockholm. Funded NNDV.
2013 Coastline as disrupted edge: Unsettling the image of landscape performative paper at RGS-IBG, earlier version Emotional Geographies, Groningen.