Veronica Ryan works primarily in sculpture. Using a range of materials such as plaster, paper, dust, metal, fabric (her mother is a gifted quilt-maker) and feathers she explores the idea of the internal and external, probing the visual, psychological and poetic associations around what is hidden or revealed.
Ryan was born in Plymouth, Montserrat in 1956 and divides her time between the UK and New York. She studied in St. Albans, Bath Academy of Art, the Slade School of Art and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has exhibited widely, including solo shows for example at the ICA, London, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh PA and most recently The Art House Wakefield in 2017/2018 which included a co-commission with Hepworth Wakefield. She was awarded a Tate St Ives Residency 1998 – 2000 where she was able to work in Barbara Hepworth’s studio and was given some of the Barbara Hepworth’s un-used marble to use. She returns to St Ives as a guest of the Porthmeor Artists Residency Programme until the end of June 2018 and is supported by The Porthmeor Fund, the John S. Cohen Foundation and sales of the print series ‘Eleven’ by past and present Trust artists.