Veronica Vickery is interested in sites and landscapes in which experiences of alienation come to the fore, particularly around issues such as housing and land ownership; fences, borders, received narratives, belonging and exclusion; and environmental pollution, degradation and decay. She approaches these interests through an often playful mixed practice that incorporates installation, painting, performance and digital media to draw attention to pressing contemporary concerns.
The two installations for Centre of Gravity at the Soapworks are an exploration of housing issues — a response to the immediate area around Barton Fields, the history of the building as a department store and the former local go-to place for house-make-overs/DIY, and it’s current context at the epicentre of development.
BRIZopoly (2020) is a 9.8m2 board game formed around a large floor graphic, installed by the building’s former owners to demonstrate its development potential to prospective purchasers. Additional material for the game has been fabricated out of wood and DIY materials recycled from the old on-site bathroom showrooms. Visitors are invited to play as ‘developers’ by purchasing a derelict site adjacent to the building and building new deluxe apartment blocks.
The Best of Bristol City Living (2020) is an installation that incorporates painting (appropriating found imagery from developers marketing materials), steel construction and God’s Garden (2020), a projected performance to camera shot on the banks of the River Avon near Goal Ferry Bridge in which Veronica builds a cardboard shelter around herself.
Dr Veronica Vickery is a visual artist and cultural geographer. Her studio base is at Spike Island. She is an Honorary Research Assistant at University of Exeter.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).