photo ©2016 Kelsey Lennon
Vera Ryklova is an emerging artist, working in lens-based media.
Currently undertaking MA in Art and Research Collaboration, she graduated in 2015 from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire, with a BA (Hons) in Photography.
Ryklova presented her first solo exhibition in 2018 at Triskel Arts Centre in Cork. And she has two upcoming solo exhibitions, Belfast (NI/UK) and Westport in 2020. Her work has been also featured in a number of group exhibitions held in Republic of Ireland as well as in UK, including the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery in Dublin, the Ulster Museum in Belfast (NI/UK), and the FiLiA feminist conference (UK). She was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2016, which exhibited at the National Gallery of Ireland, and she is the winner of the 2017 Hotron Art Works Prize for work by a recent graduate. Her work was also reviewed in the photographic magazine Source among selected works from Ireland and UK under Source Graduate Photography 2015, and is included in the Art Collection of Trinity College Dublin.
Ryklova's practice explores both the social construction of the self and the self-concept. Through the medium of her own body and using her own – subjective – experience in engaging existing society she mirrors its norms as they define a single life.
Performing for the camera she produces series of video and photographic self-portraits.
Being the subject of her work, Ryklova confronts the public eye with intimate aspects of a woman’s life. The creative approach she has developed gives the camera the function of a distancing device that she utilizes for her to experience a state of catharsis. The link between the artistic execution – where the making serves as a coping strategy – and the liberating emotional discharge is also the interest of her research.
Her activities are also engaged in curatorial practice. After her own graduation she began exploring the idea of collaboration with recently graduated students from art collages aiming to introduce their practices to contemporary art scene and she organised and curated two group exhibitions in Dublin, in 2015 and 2017.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Ryklova was brought to Ireland on a journey of personal discovery and since 2007 she has been living and working there. Based in Dublin, she has also been resident in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.