Vanya work investigates our relationship with our environments and this, includes our intertwined relationship with fungi. Over the past few years she has extensively researched and explored the vast and relatively unchartered territory of the mycological kingdom through a variety of mediums and approaches. She is interested in the roll of these microorganisms and their fruiting bodies in our evolution to date and our future thinking. How and what we can learn from funga, and how we create new connections with our more than human partners and repair our distorted relationship to waste, decay and renewal and other associated biological processes. Vanya approaches her subject matter through a vast variety of forms, materials and techniques, in a quest to find language that help form and translate these ideas and communications. The book form often appears in Vanya’s work and she is currently working on a (long-term) series of book-works that will function as containers for written responses to the on-going research, collaborations, citizen science, fungal activism and visual explorations that emerge from the studio and the woods.
Vanya has exhibited across Ireland and abroad and her work is included in private and public collections, including most recently, Trinity College Dublin. Vanya holds Bachelors Diplomas in both Fine Art and Architecture and a MA (Contemporary Art) from NCAD. Born in The Hague, The Netherlands and resident in the West of Ireland since 1996.Share: