Veronica Ryan (transitional objects)

Turner Prize 2022

Veronica Ryan, Along a Spectrum (2021) installation view, Spike Island, Bristol. commissioned by Spike Island, Bristol and supported by Freelands Foundation. Photograph by Max Mcclure. Copyright Veronica Ryan. Courtesy Spike Island, Bristol, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and Alison Jacques, London.

We are delighted to announce that Veronica Ryan has won the Turner Prize 2022 in recognition of her major exhibition Along a Spectrum at Spike Island, supported by the Freelands Foundation, and for her Hackney Windrush Art Commission.

Ryan creates sculptural objects and installations using containers, compartments, and combinations of natural and fabricated forms to reference displacement, fragmentation and alienation.

Along a Spectrum at Spike Island examined these themes through works that include cast forms in clay and bronze; sewn and tea-stained fabrics; and crocheted fishing line pouches filled with a variety of seeds, fruit stones and skins.

Ryan was nominated alongside Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard and Sin Wai Kin. The Turner Prize 2022 exhibition is currently presented at Tate Liverpool until 19 March 2023.

—in Spike Island’s website

“Along a spectrum”

Topics from this video:

seeds and the natural world
the environment
climatic change
the pandemics (the COVID pandemic is only one of the pandemics)
mutations – variables
different conversations
societal dysfunction
pathology (in a behavioural sense) – sociopathy in terms of dysfunctional behaviour and action
emotional distress – anxiety – society being mashed-up
transitional objects – attachment objects – emerging objects
cocoa pods/ child labour within families

Plymouth, Montserrat

Plymouth is a ghost town and the de jure capital of the island of Montserrat, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom located in the Leeward Island chain of the Lesser Antilles, West Indies. — Wikipedia

Ash piled streetlamp high on the Streets of Plymouth (1999). Photo by Gary Mark Smith.

Veronica Ryan

Portrait of Veronica Ryan with her exhibition, Along a Spectrum, Spike Island, Bristol (2021). Photograph by Max Mcclure. Copyright Veronica Ryan. Courtesy Spike Island, Bristol. [b/w]

Veronica Ryan (b. 1956, Plymouth, Montserrat) moved to England as an infant, and she currently works between New York and the UK. Ryan’s solo exhibitions include The Weather Inside, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2019); Salvage, The Art House, Wakefield (2017); The Weather Inside, The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (2011); Archaeology of the Black Sun, Salena Gallery, Long Island (2005); Quoit Montserrat, Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2000); Compartments/Apartments, Camden Arts Centre, London and Angel Row, Nottingham (1995), and Arnolfini, Bristol (1987). In addition, the artist has shown in numerous group exhibitions, including Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2019); Nottingham Contemporary (2017); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2009) and The Brooklyn Museum, New York (2007). Ryan has received numerous awards and prizes, including the 2019 Pollock Krasner Grant, the 2018 Freelands Award, and the Hackney Art Windrush Commission (to be unveiled in 2021).

“Against a lifetime of unstable monuments of fires, volcanoes and pandemics, why strive for object permanence? Better, far, to cherish disintegration and, with it, the possibility of new life.” – HETTIE JUDAH, ART MONTHLY

“Tying, sewing, filling, casting and stacking can all be read as a defence against the human experience of the abject – a way to control the uncontrollable.” – KATHRYN LLOYD, BURLINGTON MAGAZINE

“Ryan’s sculptures are at once candid and encrypted, grounded in their material origin yet mysteriously transformed by the artistic process. Even the title of her show at Spike Island — Along a Spectrum — whispers of Ryan’s refusal to be pinned down to a single position.” – RACHEL SPENCE, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

“British sculptor Veronica Ryan’s work celebrates the natural world and the Caribbean with beautiful pastel-hued works that evoke dreaming, childhood memories and home.” – THE GUARDIAN CRITICS PICK THE BEST ART SHOWS FOR 2021.


Veronica Ryan @ Tate

Veronica Ryan @ Paula Cooper

Veronica Ryan @ Artsy