A fascination with drawing, pattern and surface which permeates all of Joanna Veerers work, whether it be slip cast tiles and wall pieces, jewellery, mosaics or prints.
Using a fine line scratched into plaster, Veevers lays down marks and imagery with slips in a sedimentary and modular way, prior to casting and firing. The technique results in a ceramic surface with graphic qualities which could be associated with some printmaking processes rather than with ceramics. Memories, landscape, gardens, stitched textiles, collections, the concept, order and visual nature of museums, all influence her work’s content and arrangement. Attention to detail, the division of space and the placement of elements within those spaces are pre-occupations when drawing, designing and making.
Veevers has worked on numerous public and private commissions, widely varied in scale from mosaic floor designs for public spaces to commemorative plaques, tiles and awards. The work is decorative, subtle and restrained and tends to have a narrative quality. The designs are full of visual metaphors and are often site specific or subject driven, resulting in solutions that are informative and relevant.