Dr Veronica Vickery is a visual artist and cultural geographer. Her studio base is at Spike Island, Bristol but she is currently locked-down in West Cornwall where she lived from 2001 until very recently. She is an Honorary Research Assistant at University of Exeter.
Her work interrogates experiences of alienation in the face of the often violent geo-politics of landscaping processes. She is interested in how landscape is understood, particularly through a consideration of landscape (in)justices and the implications for visual practice. This practice-led-research is materialised in digitally-mediated solo performance, painting/installation, text, online projects and social interventions, often worked through long-term projects.
She uses fieldwork and sited-projects to explore the dissonance and power geometries of contemporary life, for example, the tension between the cultural landscape of holiday and official designation, and the poverty and exclusions of everyday lived realities. Recent work (PhD) explored these questions by focussing on a violent flood event in the far west of UNESCO protected mining landscape of West Cornwall, in which three young people lost their lives. It lead to a series of performances to camera, painting/installation and published academic writing.
She undertook her Masters in Fine Art at Falmouth University (2010-12, distinction) and then an art-practice based PhD in cultural geography at the University of Exeter (2012-16). Having competed a PGCHE (Falmouth, 2012), she became a Fellow of the Higher education Academy, teaching on BA Theatre (Falmouth 2011-17) and BA Human Geography (Exeter 2014, 2015, 2016-17).
Exhibitions & performances (selected)
2019 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 Artist-in-residence KARST Plymouth/Back Lane West, Redruth. Presentation, Plymouth Arts Centre.
2020, ’House or home, beyond place-presence’, [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.