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Student Showcase Archive

Veronika Neukirch

MA work

MA work

  • Ghosts of My Life (Trapeze Acts), 1 of 4

    Ghosts of My Life (Trapeze Acts), 1 of 4, 2019
    Ceramics, rope + plaster, concrete, spray paint, acrylics
    50 x 60 x 45

  • Ghosts of My Life (Trapeze Acts), 1, 2 & 4 of 4

    Ghosts of My Life (Trapeze Acts), 1, 2 & 4 of 4, 2019
    Ceramics, rope + plaster, concrete, spray paint, acrylics

  • Ghosts of Fire Hose Pasts, 1 & 2 of 2

    Ghosts of Fire Hose Pasts, 1 & 2 of 2, 2019
    Plaster, shower hose, chemical wood, sealer, bracket, frame protection foam
    65 x 30 x 25cm

  • Ghosts of Fire Hose >C<asts, 1 of 33

    Ghosts of Fire Hose >C<asts, 1 of 33, 2019
    Silicone, polystyrene balls or pigment, disused fire hose holder
    75 x 30 x 35

  • Monster in the wall

    Monster in the wall, 2019
    MDF, carpet, bungee, turned chemical wood, plaster, concrete, acrylic paint, emulsion, 'Danger, High Voltage' sign
    300 x 244 x 60cm

  • Offspring (Layer Cake)

    Offspring (Layer Cake), 2019
    Plaster, polystyrene, styrofoam, acrylics, emulsion, turned chemical wood, concrete, MDF, bungee, carpet, clear lacquer, matt varnish
    90 x 70 x 65

  • Oscar's Octopus Gym

    Oscar's Octopus Gym, 2019
    Jesmonite, acrylic, plaster, acrylic paint, clear lacquer, bungee
    Dimensions variable


This body of work deals with some of the ideas related to Hauntology; hinting at all artworks being haunted by the ghosts of art history, as well as the artist’s personal ghosts. Tongue firmly in cheek, these sentiments are embodied in several recurring ghostly forms.

Both amorphous abstract shapes, and inanimate objects are imbued with a certain humanity that pushes them towards figuration to various degrees. The works display a type of autonomy, as they hang and hold themselves together via the functionality of their components, physiognomy and pose.

With a focus on investigating our strangely close relationship with objects, within a playful cartoon logic, my practice aims to chirpily encourage an overspill of human compassion onto the inanimate.



  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Sculpture, 2019

  • The work always consists of two types of components – handmade and readymade. The mass-produced elements are chosen for their haptic properties, which are naturally predesigned and correlate to their preconceived functions. They impact heavily on the made element's requirement to fit aesthetically, as well as facilitate specific ways of display, which in turn re-contextualises the readymade components.

    New roles are created that use, misuse and go beyond predetermined purposes, activating surrounding spaces in altered ways. On one hand, themes of functionality and domestic modes of display are explored within the field of art, which notoriously lacks practical function. On the other hand, various functional familiar objects become metaphors for complex emotional situations that often facilitate autobiographical impressions being downloaded into the work.

    The final outcome is simultaneously sincere and silly, cheerful but awkward, distinctly exhibiting an informed naivety and faux self-awareness.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art (Hons), Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 2013; Foundation in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 2010
  • Experience

  • Visiting tutor in Fine Art Mixed Media, Westminster College, London, 2019; Visiting tutor in Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, 2018–2019; Visiting tutor in Sculpture, Wimbledon College, London, 2019; Workshop leader, ‘Testing Ground’ at Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2019; Residency, Merzbarn, Ambleside, 2018; International artist in residence, Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Malaysia, 2017; 'hafka' book launch, Ilham Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Teaser, Darwin Galleries, London, 2019; Brexhibition, Royal College of Art, London, 2019; Merzhibition 2 (curator), Courtyard Gallery, London, 2019; Sculpture Petting Zoo, Hockney Gallery, London, 2019; [ ] White [City] Cube [ ] curated by Mina Song, WhiteCityPlace, London, 2018; RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Extended Call, Subsidiary Projects, London, 2018; SUPERCULT 1 (co-curator), Hockney Gallery, London, 2018; Ode to Trouble, Hello Dust Collective, Bergen, 2018; Vending Art curated by Ivan Lam, Art Stage, Singapore, 2017; Extending Ideas, Museum Negeri Pulau Pinang USM & Feeka, Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016; RIPEN AT HOME (solo), Minut Init, Malaysia, 2015
  • Awards

  • Gilbert Bayes Award, 2019; Goethe Institute Malaysia, residency grant, 2017
  • Publications

  • (in collaboration with) Haffendi Anuar, 'hafka', 9789671521809, 2017; Richard Orjis, 'Rimbun Dahan Herbal', 2017; (in collaboration with Minut Init's) James Ly, 'RIPEN AT HOME', 2015