Region:Greater London

Technique:Casting, Cold work, Kiln work

Occupation:Artist, Educator, Student

Discipline:Fine art, Installation, Sculptural

Areas of Interest:Competitions, Exhibition, Techniques

Product:Commission, Fine Art, Installations, Sculptural, Sculpture, Wall pieces

Country:United Kingdom

County:Greater London


Veronika Neukirch

Originally from Germany, Veronika Neukirch (b. 1986) has been based in London since 2005. Her work will be on show at the Royal Society of Sculptors and The Art House (Wakefield) this summer as part of the Gilbert Bayes Prize. She has exhibited, completed artist residencies and scholarships in the UK, Europe and Southeast Asia, including the Zsuzsi Robozs Scholarship 2021/22 with solo presentation at Morley Gallery (London), the Solo Residency at Unit 1 (2021, London) and the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Graduate Residency at Standpoint Gallery (2020, London). Veronika graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture (2019), was the recipient of the Gilbert Bayes Trust Sculpture Award and went on to become a lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts. She completed her BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins (2013) and briefly studied at University of the Arts UdK Berlin.

Through sculpture and installation, I’ve been having conversations with matter, domestic objects and the spaces we inhabit. We chat about functionality, the possibilities of materials, and giggle about meaning.

When did Realism stop feeling real? Rather than realistic depictions of faces, I’ve come to realise that abstract shapes and a cute aesthetic are more powerful in establishing a connection. Anthropomorphic faces emulate self-awareness to critique the phantasmogoric commodification of art, while shifting the one-directional exhibition paradigm as the artworks look back at us.

Malleability and translucency are continuous themes, as materials evolve to fit the particularities of display methods. Examining and aiming to alter our perception of and interaction with space, the works often manifest as creatures or transporting objects. Material qualities have agency and become metaphors for human emotions, attitudes and consciousness. Creating extensions of body and mind; I aim to breathe joy and humour into the inanimate.

Multi-dimensional Gramophone (2023) , Kiln-formed glass, stainless steel grid; 20 x 10 x 10cm

Weighted Scream (2023) , Kiln-formed float, sandblasted mirror, brackets; 12 x 30 x 17cm + shelf & projection

You see right through my Membrane (droop/drop) (2022) , Kiln-formed glass, stoneware; 20 x 47 x 26cm

You see right through me (2022) , Kiln-formed glass, glazed stoneware 35 x 45 x 28cm

Kawaii-clopse 1 (2023) , Kiln-formed glass 62 x 36 x 12cm