Spike Island presents a major exhibition of new works by British artist Veronica Ryan (b. 1956, Montserrat). Supported by Freelands Foundation through the annual Freelands Award, this is Ryan’s largest and most ambitious exhibition in the UK to date.
Ryan’s work draws on her enquiries into ancestral history as well as experiences of place, home, memory and loss. Her work is characterised by an interest in containment and the container, probing the poetic associations around what is hidden or revealed. In her sculptures and installations, Ryan brings together a wide range of techniques and materials that vary from cast forms in plaster, clay, bronze and aluminium, to more ephemeral found materials such as dried flowers, fruit, feathers and dust. These material combinations create fragile propositions that convey the personal and psychological residue held within objects, and interrogate collective processes such as the exportation of agricultural commodities, the migration of peoples and notions of diaspora.
Veronica Ryan (b. 1956, Plymouth, Montserrat) moved to England as an infant and she currently works between New York and the UK. Ryan studied at St. Albans College of Art and Design; Bath Academy of Art in Corsham Court; The Slade School of Art at University College, London, and The School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. Ryan’s solo exhibitions include The Weather Inside, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2019); Salvage, The Art House, Wakefield (2017); The Weather Inside, The Mattress Factory, Pittsburg (2011); Archaeology of the Black Sun, Salena Gallery, Long Island (2005); Quoit Montserrat, Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2000); Compartments/Apartments, Camden Arts Centre, London and Angel Row, Nottingham (1995), and Arnolfini, Bristol (1987). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2019); Nottingham Contemporary (2017); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2009); The Brooklyn Museum, New York (2007); Tate Modern, London (2005); Tate St Ives, Cornwall (1998); Bard College, New York (1995); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (1992); Hayward Gallery, London (1990); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (1988); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1985). Ryan has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including most recently the 2019 Pollock Krasner Grant, the 2018 Freelands Award, and the Hackney Art Windrush Commission (to be unveiled in 2021).