Veroniek Van Samang (1988) earned her master’s degree of pictorial art in 2013 at the Koninklijke Academie Voor Schone Kunsten (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Antwerp. Here she studied fashion and ceramics a few years earlier. In 2015 she obtained her pedagogical degree and after a few years of teaching she started her third master ‘investigation of the arts’ at the Sint-Lucas School of Arts, also in Antwerp.
Van Samang makes oil paintings on canvas and life-size ceramic totems, designs assemblages with mixed media. She puts together sculptures, paintings and objects in installations which have a tendency towards specific spaces and a social-artistic standpoint. Her colour palette is kept soft, dreamy and vivid. Her finds, which she later on strings together as beads, are collected as a modern hunter-gatherer. Materials such as wood, paint, clay, wool, rope, plaster, iron, concrete, candle fat and plastic are added together to form a new whole. She often confronts the organic and chaotic with ordered patterns.
Van Samang’s creative process is a rendition of her restless, searching mind which wants to break out from definite structures, hierarchies and conventions, in which she feels sort of captured. This transformation process of material to work of art offers her a way of arranging her thoughts and feelings and criticizing her environment. While creating she finds a certain playful naivety, which in a way softens her serious view on society.
Nature in all its forms and qualities is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Van Samang. The urge for a simpler way of life and authenticity nourishes her work. Around herself she spins a parallel universe and creates an ecological paradise. She grows vegetables and herbs in her own garden as well as in a big common garden according to the principles of the permaculture. Van Samang investigates the healing capacities of plants and nutrition on the human body and transfers this way of life into her work. Her investigations are based on spirituality, psychology, Buddhism and present-day shamanism.
Van Samang’s installations and works of art are a rebellion against the fast and hasty life and the complexity of today’s existence.