Erin Veness lives in a fantasy world. Remember this. Erin is fascinated by nature and people, and how we perceive and interact with both.
“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
Ultimately I am concerned with love and nature, the comparisons and the similes. These two subjects fascinate me and I try to bring them together. I explore the themes of love and nature through use of materials, often focusing on the fragility or durability. I am interested in the boundaries and limitations these materials can offer the work. The pieces I create aim to be site specific and aesthetically pleasing, encouraging the viewer to inspect the installation and objects.
I create installations that feature multiples of the same or similar objects, aiming to reach for perfection, these sculptures that are juxtaposed with a piece of text, create a narrative for the viewer to explore. I imbue the work with a story and use representations of natural objects as a metaphor for emotions and feelings, most often love and lost love. I focus on fleeting moments, that we often experience that hurt us, heartbreak is a favourite subject matter for my installations as it is universal on a personal level.