Veronica Ryan works with a wide range of materials, often contrasting solidly constructed and cast metal forms with more malleable elements such as dust, feathers, paper, metal mesh, lead foil and canvas.
The idea of containment and the container has been one of the essential concerns of her work over a number of years. Since moving from London to New York in 1990, the capsules, divisions and compartments of her sculptures have become more obvious metaphors for the fracture and alienation of the urban landscape. The dust and debris often contained by these compartments suggests the residues and accretions of intimate lives as well as an underlying investigation into the essential texture of human existence.
Ryan, who studied at the Slade, was an artist in residence at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge in 1988, was included in the 1990 British Art Show and has exhibited recently in New York and Pittsburgh. Much of the work on show here was made during her residency at Camden Arts Centre in August 1994 which was funded by the Arts Council Prudential Award. The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, and is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.