Vera McEvoy is an Irish visual artist and a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. Vera believes in the process of art making as a gentle aid to communication and empowerment. She has worked with many diverse groups. Her projects to date includes working with those who consider themselves not creative to enhance their creative skills and expression, connectivity, empowerment, and wellness.
Vera was also selected to be part of the pilot (and continuing) Arts & Education Partnership initiative. This programme partners artists with primary school teachers in each county in Ireland.
Vera, in partnership with Capacitar tutor Patty Abozaglo also works with vulnerable individuals in communities in Newbridge and Balseskin, Finglas which includes people in the Direct Provision programme. Integrating Communities through Visual Arts and Body Movement gently explores visual arts and body movement with an emphasis on fun and a focus on wellness, connectivity, cultural diversity and inclusion in our communities. This process and work is of major benefit to the participants as art allows individuals to work through and process issues without revisiting trauma.
Collaborative and Participatory projects
Vera works on both collaborative and participatory projects. This includes facilitating creative interaction that results in the production of temporary or permanent artworks, that both reflect and respond to that collaborative exchange. Collaborations have taken place in various settings including arts and health, active ageing groups, residency work in commercial settings and in school residencies.
Awards & Peer Recognition
She received the inaugural Arthouse NCAD Graduate Award and Bursary 2011-2012 and has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2007. Solo exhibitions, King House Boyle, Co Roscommon and Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois. Group shows include Landfillart Project, Pennsylvania, USA, Print Show, El Minia, Egypt and Piece Work Friends 2012, Hiroshima & Nagasaki Peace Park Japan. Her work is represented in private collections in Ireland, Australia, England and USA.
Vera is also coordinator of Nepal Leprosy Trust Ireland, an Irish charity whose vision is beating leprosy, breaking stigma and building lives in Nepal.
Individual Artwork & Commissions
Vera produces her own pieces and is available for commissions. Processes of deconstruction are a primary focus of McEvoy’s work, as she delicately, skilfully, dismantles and reforms aesthetic objects of frail vulnerability imbuing them with strength. Her colourful work incorporates textile, paper, plastic, print and video. She is particularly interested in exploring themes of recurring deconstruction and re-presentation in relation to old buildings.
The work encourages an alternative reality by creating an awareness of the true scale in western developed society of the practice of consumption, and of the reproductive value of products, structures and materials. Through a systematic process of intervention of discarded familiar objects, buildings and situations, she creates work that examines polarities of scale, large and small, as well as qualities of fragility and robustness.
By extracting fibres, filaments, strands and constituent parts of used objects, the re-formed work is a constructed re-presentation of the extant processes of consumerism, commodification and consumption. An example of this was her collaborative work on the Honeycomb project at The Electric Picnic in 2012 and in 2013.