Veronica Ponomaryova-Stepnaya / Fine Art MA

Book in to the online event: Discussing the way Sensitive & Taboo Topics are shown in Contemporary Art run by Veronica

“We spend days in the familiar world of our five senses, but what lies beyond that, if anything, we have no idea” [1]. Our five main senses are something we rely on daily to provide us with information about the outside world, however, our senses are often tricked into feeling something that is not actually happening.

I am an artist from Russia, half American, half Russian, located in the UK. I began my artistic career painting, especially focusing a lot of attention on portraits. While doing my BA at the University of Worcester, I transferred my work into creating installations and performances, attempting to discover the secrets that lie behind the brain. Primarily I focused on the literal concept of the brain, slowly moving on into researching consciousness and memory, subsequently directing my practice towards perception.

My present work, as part of the MAFA at the University of Brighton, is concentrated mainly on Installation Art, creating different types of participatory installations. During the MA, I have looked at ways of reducing stress through Intense fear and calmness. Additionally, I have been researching human fragility by collecting personal memories from my family members, friends, and myself.

Commonly, my main techniques for installations and performances are the use of darkness vs light, together with sound and visual stimulation, attempting to intensify the sensory experience for the audience. Nevertheless, due to Covid 19 lockdown, I have transposed my work in order to suit an online format.

[1] Easwaran, E. (2007). The Bhagavad Gita:(Classics of Indian Spirituality) (Vol. 1). Nilgiri Press.




Robust Fragility – Video – 2020 (captions available)


abstract photograph
Robust Fragility – Photographs – 2020



Salvia – Video – 2020

Pebbles on the beach with masks in it
Salvia – Photographs – 2020





Power of Reasoning – Video – 2020

Photograph with masks on it
Power of Reasoning – Photographs – 2020