Zoë Veness is an object-based designer. She initially studied dance at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne prior to completing undergraduate and postgraduate design degrees at UNSW Art & Design including a PhD in 2014. Her research interests focus primarily on the transitional object derived from psychoanalysis to frame oscillations in her studio practice between supplemental (jewellery) and autonomous objects (sculpture). She is also interested in notions of time in the design process and place-based making.
Her work has been selected for exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, London, Scotland, Germany, and the USA, and is held is private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia. She received an Australian Postgraduate Award in 2011 and Australia Council Visual Arts Grants in 2002, 2006 and 2017. In 2006 she was artist-in-residence at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.
Zoë has had ten solo exhibitions including New Terrain in an Old World (2017) at Craft ACT in Canberra, To make an end is to make a beginning (2014) AD Space, UNSW Art & Design, The Infinite Fold (2009) at Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design in Adelaide, Transformations (2008) at Masterworks Gallery in Auckland, and Mathematical Beauty (2007) at the Australian Design Centre in Sydney.
Zoë has recently returned to UNSW Art & Design after a period of time working in Hobart at the School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania as Studio Coordinator of Object Design.