Veronica Brovall (born 1975, Falun, Sweden) is a sculptor, ceramicist and installation artist living and working in Berlin.
Brovall’s artistic practice explores themes of femininity, gender dynamics, sexuality, and violence through the medium of ceramics. The artist questions the role of ceramics as a material traditionally regarded throughout the history of art as feminine, refined, fragile, and belonging to the field of crafts or to the private realm of the household. In the hands of the artist, ceramic sculpture becomes powerful, playful, and raw while negating any association with traditional conventions of femininity and craft.
The artist’s complex abstract sculptures evoke the body, in particular male and female anatomy, while often merely alluding to it. Elements resembling elongated arms, fingers, and body parts protrude from their bases as if the sculptures were constantly and violently expanding, trying to break their mould and give birth to more material. The sculptures are punctured with holes; tongues stick out of their surfaces; daggers pierce their forms in a sort of macabre yet transcending and cathartic dance. Scribbles and notes sometimes cover their skin, like tattoos on human flesh or graffiti on walls. Paint drips from the sculptures, splattered across their delicate surfaces, invoking violent feelings and primal human urges.
Throughout her artistic practice, Brovall turns ceramics into raw and physical anthropomorphic artworks that straddle the fine line between contested notions of femininity and masculinity, life and death, fragility and strength, violence and beauty, and materiality and allegory. By calling into question the conventions permeating history and creating artworks defying easy interpretation, the artist challenges the boundaries of her medium while giving shape to original objects possessing their own internal logic and narrative, both metaphorical and poetic. Her radical approach to ceramics places Brovall at the forefront of a new generation of female sculptors questioning conventional notions of womanhood while striving to reinvent and reshape the century-old medium of ceramics in a contemporary context.
Brovall’s work has been exhibited through the world in solo and group exhibitions. Her sculptures are part of numerous institutional collections, including the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, USA; Kaviar Factory, Lofoten, Norway; Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden and Malmö Art Museum, Sweden, among others. In addition, her sculptures have been commissioned for numerous public areas throughout Scandinavia.