About Veronika Zeil

Veronika Zeil was born in 1967 in Garmisch–Partenkirchen, Germany and emigrated to Australia in 1990.  She has studied science and participated in many field studies of native animal ecology projects. Together with her husband Professor John Rolfe she has run the family cattle station from 1990 until 2006. She has worked as a graphic designer for 1800 Prints in Emerald and as a rural journalist for the Central Queensland Rural Weekly at the Morning Bulletin. As a primarily self-taught artist she has created paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mosaics for most of her life.

In 2011 she was admitted to Monash University on merit and graduated in 2013 with a Master of Visual Art from Monash University. Regular attendance of painting and mosaic masterclasses with highly acclaimed artists in Australia, Germany, United States and Italy are a way of keeping abreast of developments in contemporary arts and networking with other artists.

Tuning into the language of nature and motivating new ethical terms for our natural world is the aim of Zeil’s multimedia visual art practice. Zeil‘s artworks evolve around concepts from nature and ecology. The artist uses scientific insights as a starting point for developing semi abstract drawings, paintings, photographs, installation and multimedia works. These artworks represent an intersection between invisible processes in nature and quantitative measurements in science.

Works are based on science data and field documentation visualizing living organisms within ecosystems, their interaction and communication. Zeil utilizes materials like charcoal, graphite and wood- physical components taken from the earth. She also offsets these natural materials with metallic paint, acrylics, synthetic veiling, aluminium, glass, glass photographic prints and digital projections emphasizing the industrial and the manmade as well as our mental and physical detachment from the land. The goal is to intersect art, science and psychology to inspire cultural exchange about our relationship with nature and science. The works follow a line of inquiry and are search for new discoveries to create curiosity and motivation in the viewer to explore complex environmental issues and get involved with nature.

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