Veronika Djoulai

FINE ARTS GRADUATE

 

Veronika is both a Whitecliffe BFA and recent MFA graduate having completed her Master of Fine Arts in January 2017. Her Whitecliffe MFA graduating exhibition was seen by the Peter McLeavey Gallery and her first post-study solo show titled Killing Time was held six months later at the Wellington Gallery. Veronika says “To be selected straight from my graduate exhibition and represented by a gallery feels like I got the job I always wanted and studied for. It feels great.”

"My work explores the personal and the theoretical through everyday artefacts. I am interested in instances in histories and the absurd politics that play out as a result. I bring out visual slips and contradictions in a narrative format and form relationships that are both surreal and diplomatic."

 

When a student on the BFA programme Veronika was the overall winner of the Eden Arts Art Schools Award in 2013 and won a NZ Art Show Emerging Artist Award. Looking back on her time in the BFA department Veronika says she first came to Whitecliffe hoping to improve her technical abilities, and to explore new mediums and subjects. She found that “the critique structure at Whitecliffe, working to deadlines and receiving feedback, both positive and negative, was motivational. Whitecliffe gave me the freedom to explore my own ideas and led me to create works that I hadn’t imagined were possible.”

Veronika Djoulai