Whitney McVeigh has travelled extensively to carry out her practice and held residencies in Mexico, India, China, Brazil and South Africa. Her work explores the psychological and physical aspects that underlie and define us as humans. Over a twenty-year period McVeigh has amassed a collection of objects in the studio weighted by their unique patternations; tracing former lives and the once tangible relationship an individual may have had with the object. As an artist, she acts as custodian of these ‘markers’, isolating yet elevating the materials, entrusting them to reflect and spur philosophical understandings of history, time and memory. McVeigh’s paintings are precoccupied with the complexity and dual layers of the body and form languages with origins in Eastern and Western philosophies.
Upcoming exhibitions include; Photo London, Somerset House, London (2020) and Artist Rooms, Encounter, London (2020). Recent solo exhibitions include; ‘Temporality', Cardi Projects, Cardi Gallery (2020), What is Worthwhile Doing in this World, Mount Stuart Visual Arts, Scotland (2019), Elegy to Nature, Eykyn Maclean, New York (2018), Language of Memory, Summerhall Arts, Edinburgh (2016), Inventory: Invisible Companion, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2015), New Ink Paintings, Michael Goedhuis Gallery (2015), presentation of the film ‘Birth’: Origins at the end of life at the Royal Academy, London (2015) and Hunting Song, Gervasuti Foundation, 55th Venice Biennale (2013).
Recent group exhibitions include Plato in LA: Contemporary Artists’ Visions, Getty Villa, Los Angeles (2018), Not a Sngle Story, The Wanas Foundation, Sweden and Nirox Foundation, South Africa (2018), Culture Lines: Sans Frontieres, Metamatic-Taf Foundation, Athens (2016), Unlocking the Diary, The Archiving of Nameless Memories, Folkestone Triennial, Kent (2014) and Glass Stress, White Light/White Heat, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013).
Whitney McVeigh was Fellow in Creative Practice at University of the Arts, London (2014 - 2019). She was featured in the BBC4 television documentary, Where is Modern Art Now (2009) alongside Sir Anthony Caro, Michael Landy, Grayson Perry and Cornelia Parker. Simon Schama’s recent essay on McVeigh’s practice ‘The Happenstance of Illumination’(2018) is included in his book Wordy (Simon & Schuster), published in June 2019. Whitney McVeigh’s work will be featured in ‘Imagined Spaces’ edited by Kirsty Gunn & Gail Low (November, 2020) with Voyage Out Press & Saraband Books, an anthology that creates a “space” between understanding and the imagination.
McVeigh attended Louise Bourgeois' Salon in New York where she gave a short presentation of her work in 2007.
Residencies include Museu da Natureza, Piaui, Brazil, (2019), Nirox Foundation, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa (2010), (2011) (2018), International Shuixang Society, Beijing, China (Wei Ligang), (2017), David Krut Projects, Johannesburg (2010), Centro de las Artes, San Augustin, Mexico (2008), NY Arts, Beijing, China (2006)