About


Born in 1965, Veronica Bailey is a British Fine Art photographer based in London, specialising in visiting archives and producing photographic series with emphasis on conceptual thinking and historical narrative. Her work continues to explore nostalgia for the threatened forms of human communication and knowledge dissemination and the lure of traditional forms of paper and script in a monotonously digitized age. In her photographs Bailey works with everyday life objects, which have been carefully arranged. Books and letters are composed in ways that seem to resemble sculptures of geometrical forms.Sometimes traces of text are visible, but the context of the works remains enigmatic. The viewer has to reflect on the photographs in order to find a personal way of interpreting the works.

Veronica graduated with her Masters from Central St. Martins in 2003. She won a Jerwood Photography Award for the 2 Willow Road Series 2003 featuring the abstract photographs of books from the National Trust library of the modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger and his wife Ursula Blackwell. Postscript series 2005, documents a small but revealing archive of letters and telegrams (1937 –1945) written by model/muse/photographer Lee Miller during her years as US war correspondent in World War II and British Surrealist artist Roland Penrose (1900-1984) prior to their marriage in 1947. The About Face series accompanied Postscript; drawing attention to inspiring female surrealist artists. Hours of Devotion & Shelf Life series 2007 delves into the Coutts bank staff library on the Strand producing monumental works inspired by 19th century bookbinding and philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts (1814-1906). The Limited Time 2009 series of palm trees (Fuji Instax Mini Polaroids) is a brief departure from large scale photography but Bailey returns in 2010 with the Modern Myths series featuring newspapers, highlighting the visual language between human nature, war, money and power in the media. 2012 showcases a unique photographic text series Hermes Baby 2011 which experiments with traditional black and white film and darkroom processes along with the journalism of the Americian war correspondent Marguerite Higgins (1920-1966) who worked for The New York Herald Tribune. In 2013/14 a new series Colourfields references the English romantic poet John Keats (1795 - 1821) and his poem 'To Autumn' whilst the process of exploring the concept of renewal reveals a new materiality on the photograph using aniline dye inks with particular emphasis on colour. In 2016 the series Glass Ladies- Trading on British Class uncovers trade phone directories stored between the portrait glass of 'The de Laszlo gift of Paul Laib (1869-1958) Negatives in the Witt Library at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand London, suggesting a new  'sandwiched narrative’ of both artistic and photographic significance.

Solo shows in UK and internationally USA, Korea, Canada, Germany. Press features include Portfolio, Art Forum, Hotshoe International, Eye, Guardian, FT. Postscript is represented in the Victoria & Albert Museum London and other UK and International Collections. Art and Photography Fairs in London, Paris, Seoul, Munich, Toronto, New York, Miami, Los Angeles.

Veronica supports charities and trusts through her art where possible: Photovoice, Room to Read, Merlin, Laurence Sterne Trust, LACE, Lincoln Centre NY, Cancer Research

Archives:
Ernö Goldfinger_ 2 Willow Road The National Trust London
Lee Miller Archive  _Farley Farm Sussex
Angela Burdett - Coutts  _ Coutts Bank  London
Marguerite Higgins _ University of Syracuse New York
Henry Poole Archive _Savile Row London
Kathleen Ferrier Archive _Blackburn Museum
The de Laszlo Gift of Paul Laib Negatives _The Courtauld Institute of Art London
All artwork and images © Veronica Bailey 2016.