Sculpted: Histories Revealed (2014 Exhibition)About the Artist: Veronica Szalus lives in the Washington DC metropolitan area where she creates installation art and practices industrial design with a focus on exhibition design. In 2011 Veronica received a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and has shown her work at The Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda MD, the Cade Art Gallery in Anne Arundel MD, Artomatic in Washington DC, Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel MD, and the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at George Mason University. She is also member of Studio Gallery in Washington DC. Veronica studied industrial design at Pratt Institute in New York. She has served as President of Artomatic, a large Washington DC based multi media arts organization dedicated to building community among artists, and has served as a co-chair of PIC Green, an American Alliance of Museums professional network focusing on environmental sustainability. She is employed at the National Children’s Museum as the Director of Exhibits.
I currently produce site-specific installations that incorporate the influence of my study in industrial design and deep interest in creating environmental pieces that explore the phenomenon of physical and metaphysical transition. My work demonstrates the constancy of transformative change that extends from the life of organic matter to the existence of the non-organic and can even reference the earth itself. Through these concepts my work examines transition utilizing light, shape, balance, and movement that demonstrate change ranging from minutes to hours, days, weeks, and beyond. By manipulating material that is delicately positioned, and often ethereal and porous, I address the nuanced shift and precarious balance of elemental forms and the impact of the environment upon them and invite the viewer to become a witness to the grace and beauty of change. - Veronica Szalus