Concepts Veronica West's practice is wide-ranging using traditional as well as natural and found materials. She works in two and three dimensions in series which are cyclical, as well as in site-specific installations. Recurring themes are the passage of time and perpetual change,together with a constancy which persists. Remnants of human and animal presence: tracks, trails, the archaeology of human interaction with the land, marks of ritual, labour and agriculture, all figure particularly in the work located in Derbyshire. In other series the effects of phenomenological changes to a constant subject are recorded or equivalents are sought which hold the sense of impressions fleeting yet intense. Influences Lanyon, Hitchens, Rothko, Rosenquist, Newman, Louis; land artists & arte povera: Smithson, Pennone, Long, Rebekah Horn and Cornelia Parker. Career path Qualifications: 2013 PhD in Fine Art & Philosophy, Staffordshire University. 1989 MA Art Education, Birmingham Polytechnic, 1971 PGCE Manchester University, 1970 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Painting, Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, 1967 Foundation (Pre-Diploma) Manchester College of Art and Design. Teaching Experience: Sept.2010 - present Associate Lecturer, Fine Art, University of Derby, 1992- 2008- Full-time Senior Lecturer, Fine Art and Foundation Staffordshire University, and 1998 - 2008 Course leader, Introductory Studies Programme, School of Art and Design, Staffordshire University 1979 - 87 Part-time Lecturer in Drawing and Perception, College of Art and Design, Derbyshire College of Higher Education 1986 - 92 Part-time Lecturer in Foundation, Staffordshire University 1984/86 Part-time Lecturer in Psychology of Perception, Loughborough, 1984 - 92 Part-time Lecturer, Fine Art, Painting, Staffordshire University. Areas of work: Higher Education, Exhibiting, Lecturing, Curating, Practice-based research, Private commissions, Public art Visual arts consultancy, Workshops. Collections: Private collections, Nottingham Trent University, Paintings for Hospitals.
CV & Education
Public realm: 2015 Ethos: What Children Make of Things & What We Make of Them. Process, Intention & Intuition in the Visual Works of Young Children & the Adult Artist, doctoral thesis. 2009 http:www.whatchildrenmakeofthings.co.uk. Qualifications and training: 2013 PhD in Fine Art & Philosophy, Staffordshire University2006 Solo exhibitions: 2013 What Children Make of Things & What We Make of Them, Doctoral exhibition, Staffordshire University, 2008 - Grace & Danger & Related Works, Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire 2005 - Horizon, Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire 2003 - Reprise, Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood, Sudbury 2000 - Infinity, site-specific artwork installed in Lime Kiln Quarry now Stoneywood, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, officially opened to public May 2001 1995 - Large Scale Works on Canvas, Leicester City Gallery 1995 - Works on Paper and Canvas, Flaxman Gallery, Staffordshire University 1993 - Works on Paper, Ikon, Touring 1993 - Works on Paper, Metro Cinema Gallery, Derby 1992 - Large Scale works, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham 1992 - Works on Loan to Director, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham, now in Nottingham Trent Collection 1992 - Works on Paper, Angel Row, Touring/ Group exhibitions 2010 - Re-Semble, Blacksmiths Yard , Derby 2009 - Grace & Danger Series, Ashbourne Town Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire 2002 - First Contact, exhibition of intagio prints from 1st an 2nd summer courses, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 2000 - Geography, four large-scale drawings on paper, Stroud House Gallery, Gloucestershire 1999 - In Parenthesis -site-specific, Real Gallery, New York, cross-Atlantic collaboration with American artist Darren Kraft exploring art and process through drawing 1993 - Digging up the Land, Works on Paper, Ikon, Touring 1990 - Art 90, Representing Angel Row, Islington Design Centre 1989 - Bankside Gallery, London 1988 - A Dozen of Each, Drawings, East Midlands Arts, Touring 1988 - Watercolours and Large Scale, Abbott Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Cumbria, Royal Watercolour Society Open Private commissions 2002: loan of Hungerford Bridge,for set of Working Title Films, 'Love Actually' (in scene with actor Liam Neeson).