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Veronika Lavey

Veronika is a self portrait artist who photographs herself taking on the persona of an autobiographical or theatrical character to create artwork depicting resilience and strength during hardship. Her 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. Her mission is to reproduce familiar feelings into visuals through conceptually layered, digitally manipulated photographs, as well as through the written word, which often accompanies the images, usually in poetry form.

Veronika’s methodology to create self-portraits is consistent in its process; she always works alone with the aid of a camera, a tripod and a remote control. She uses a variety of ideas to create narratives she believes we are all connected to and ones we are naturally wired to listen to, that make us feel united in our pain and in our hopes for our journey of life. For Veronika, being an artist is a never-ending journey through these ideas and human experiences.; and an exciting one that builds images from scratch, employs a rich visual language of surrealism and symbolism and which is made more familiar by often involving the natural elements of the woodland.

Ideas for her images are drawn from a myriad of sources; from conversations with people experiencing hardship, through poetry (her own as well as others), to the woods she visits daily. They are all linked by her personal desire to find her own fit in the world.

Veronika’s work isn’t about capturing moments but instead about capturing relatable feelings which the audience can then translate into their own stories. Veronika believes that art, in times of need, can bring a kind of peace and comfort in how we interpret thoughts and ideas.  By recognising one’s self in any art form, deep rooted feelings will latch on to the artistic experience and find solace.

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