Veronica Kent’s practice incorporates painting, photography, installation and collage to explore narratives and portraits of imaginary characters engaged in moments of wonder and intimacy. With a particular focus on mythologies of connection and love, she is interested in how these abstract ideas might be expressed and filtered through a lens of feminine desire. Her practice incorporates extensive research into myriad periods of art history and visual culture, and a recurring theme is the visual representation of invisible – or non-physical – forces such as psychic connection. Through her rendering of the known as unfamiliar by the use of imaginary characters and invented scenarios, Kent asserts Freud’s notion of the uncanny; something that is strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious. Alongside her solo practice, Kent is one half of the artist duo The Telepathy Project (with Sean Peoples), which critically explores the possibilities of telepathy and other alternate forms of communication. The Telepathy Project’s artwork actively engages telepathic practice and has included concerts and operas based on dreams, remote drawing projects, dream sleepovers, telepathically curated exhibitions and collaborative paintings driven by telepathic communication.
VERONICA KENT completed a PhD in 2012 at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, which she currently teaches. Recent exhibitions include: Neverwhere, Gallery Gaia, Istanbul, 2015; From the Collection: Chapter One, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoira, 2015; Roman Charity, Bus Projects, Melbourne, 2014; Reading Solaris to The Great Moorool, Tarrawarra Biennale, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria, 2014; Motel Dreaming, Dark Mofo, Hobart, Australia, 2014; Dreaming the Collection for Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013; Dreaming the Arabian Sea, [en]counters Festival, Mumbai, India, 2013; Dream Paintings, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary, 2012; and Ode To Form, West Space, Melbourne, 2012. Kent was a Gertrude studio resident from 2012–14 and undertook the Australia Council Barcelona Studio residency in 2012.