Véronique Desmet was born in Belgium. She lives and works in Belgium and in New Zealand. Véronique's work includes photography, video installation, performance and sculptural object.
As a video artist, she creates moments of coexistence. Coexistence doesn’t require any specific action, the presence is the creative agent.
Her video work are like drops, spaces of light that we choose to see or not to see : sunlight on the kitchen bench on a sunday morning. A pause. They appear, repeat themselves and unroll for the duration of a moment in a chosen space. They open our space of perception to our environment. They bring us back to ourselves.
As Nicolas Bourriaud said, « L’art est un état de rencontre ».
She completed a BA in Physical Education & Biology and a BA in Visual Arts. She qualified as an Art artisan in decorative painting, as an Aura-Soma therapist, and as a Shambala art teacher. Her education reflects her holistic approach to life. She manifested her life long passion for sustainability and creativity by working in alternative education, as a decorative painter, as the co-director of Earthskin artist residency and as a practicing artist.
As an artist she uses painting, prints, performance, video installation and sculpture to express her passion for light, space and movement.
She exhibits in solo and group shows in Europe and NZ. She has received fundings from The Screen Innovation Production Fund (NZ), Creative Communities Fund (NZ) and support from Atelier Jeunes Cinéastes (Belgium).
Her wooden stools from (rare) mature kanuka. These works by Veronique are inspired by her reverence for the natural world.
To create these objects she uses fallen mature native trees. Rotting, broken, uprooted timber is
gathered from wherever she happens to be. For these stools the wood was provided by a mature Kanuka that grew on the property of the Earthskin Residency at Muriwai. This venerable tree was broken in a storm. The stools were created where the artist and artisan meet.
Veronique chops, dries, cleans, shapes and assembles each object slowly, with a rest between each step, in order to discover the form intrinsic to the material, in order to reveal through the process of making. These stools reflect a sense of tradition, of respect and recognition of what is rare and the importance of preserving it. The quiet precious life cycle of the original tree is celebrated. Her art/ decorative objects can be enjoyed as the carriers of knowledge and memories.