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Artwork for Veronika Lavey

Under my hands

Time passed, but I do not know how much

The other side of fear

Never beyond reach

Inner strength

In a dream I saw the colour yellow

Follow your own light

Button eyes

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I am a self-portrait artist. I photograph myself taking on the persona of an autobiographical or a theatrical character to create artwork depicting resilience and strength in hardship. My work illuminates shared emotional experiences to create a sense of belonging relying mostly on personal experiences of what it feels like to be a misfit. My mission is to reproduce familiar feelings into visuals through conceptually layered, digitally manipulated photographs, as well as the written word, which often accompanies the images, usually in poetry form.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Being an artist is a never-ending journey of exploration of ideas and human experiences. I create something where there was nothing before using language that is universal and that communicates with people of all backgrounds through surreal and symbolic imagery. It is a privilege to be able to do this and it is one I do not take for granted.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Self-portrait artist, conceptual fine art photographer

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

In addition to my main practice of fine art photography, I offer one-on-one mentorship sessions to individuals on the art of creating tales through visual imagery.

Existing works are available for licensing for various purposes, such as album art and book covers.

I self-published my first book 'Emergence', which is still available for purchase, though limited in quantity.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I am completely self-taught, though with a university degree in Creative Writing and Literature.
Through my years of reading and analysing, I have acquired a deep love for stories, which I incorporate into the medium of photography where I'm able to create character and layer each piece with meaning, continuing on that creative but now visual storytelling path.

My prints are usually only available through galleries and my work has been published in magazines throughout the world.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Photo Space, Ludlow, UK, 14th November - 9th January 2022 - Group exhibition
Living Memory, Turkey, 'December 2021 - Group exhibition
Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, UK, 17th November - 18th December 2021 - Group exhibition
The Holy Art Gallery, London, UK, 19th November - 25th November 2021 - Group exhibition
Photo Space, Ludlow, UK, 14th August - 16th October 2021 - Solo exhibition
The Art House Gallery, USA, 1st September - 30th September 2021 - Online exhibition
H-Art 2021, Ledbury, UK, 4th September - 12th September 2021 - Dual Solo exhibition
NHS Redditch Art Trail, Redditch, 1st - 31st July 2021
Ludlow Fringe 2021, Ludlow, UK, 19th June - 18th July 2021
Thru The Lens Gallery, Hay-on-Wye, UK, 17th June - 8th July 2021 - Solo exhibition
In the Frame Art Exhibition, Hereford College of Arts, March 2021 - Online exhibition
Thru The Lens Gallery, Hay-on-Wye, UK, November 2019 - Group exhibition

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Studio Cennen - Llandeilo, Wales
Flaming Lady of Hay - Hay-on-Wye, UK

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