VERITY COWARD born in Sharjah, UAE is an Australian British artist. She grew up in working rural environments between the UK and Queensland, AU. She now lives and works in London. Descendent of cowboys and horse breakers, Coward’s sculptural practice explores relationships between agency and material enquiry. She embraces non-traditional energies of production, from suping-up vehicles to rude building construction. In recent work she experiments with the mechanisms and by-products of storytelling: plot devices, recurrent characters, circuitous repetition within painting, accumulation in counting songs, and wayward functions of rhymes. Unfaithful to storylines as such, she renders their constituent parts and frameworks into new, fragmented compositions and crude landscapes. The works feature a cast of characters and recurring motifs – geese, pigs, devils and sausages serving as prompts and players.
Notable exhibitions include: Massimo De Carlo gallery curated by Monster Chetwynd (VSpace 2023) Well Projects, (Margate 2022) Vessel Studios (London 2022) Mahler and LeWitt Studios (Spoleto, Italy 2022) Jupiter Woods (London 2021) The Turner House (Penarth 2021) Industrious Demons made in association with Chisenhale Art Place screened as part of OSR Projects, OD Arts Festival (Dorset 2021), Underground Flower Offspace (London 2020) Bowes Parris Gallery and Harlesden High Street (London 2020) Chisenhale Art Place (London 2018) contributing artist on Chisenhale Art Place’s ‘Into The Wild’ programme (London 2018) Withkin (Dorset 2020) Secret Spawning Site (solo) BAES (London 2016).