Veronica Vegna y Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford

    Veronica Vegna lives and works in Chicago.  In addition to her art practice she coordinates the Italian Language Program at the University of Chicago.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, some of which include the Fulbright Grant, a grant from the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, the Italian Ministry of Education Award, the Leonardo Scholarship from the European Union and the Erasmus Scholarship.  

    Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford lives and works in Chicago.  His studio art practice primarily centers on sculpture and drawing. In conjunction to the studio practice he also maintains a social art practice that has led to extensive volunteer work in countries like Myanmar, Thailand, Colombia and Ghana.   He has shown work in New York and Chicago and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Artist Statement

This collaborative body of work gravitates around the concept of navigation and liminal moments we have come to think of as futile heroics.  These moments are attractive because through them the work can address issues of nostalgia and historicity.  Finn’s legendary salmon of knowledge, Thor Heyerdahl’s trans-Atlantic voyages, barefoot Incan chasqui message runners and the story of Icarus have played into our thinking of the mobile hero, that of the named and that of the anonymous. 

These specific pieces, Moon in My Throat and Thor’s Day  begin to piece together both myth making and the failed hero.  Through form we articulate something of our inner chronicle, stochastically and methodologically laboring towards meaning-making.  This storytelling necessitates content-making, an infusion akin to John Locke writing of a blind man exclaiming that he knew what scarlet signified, indeed scarlet was very much like the sound of a trumpet!  Synaesthesia crosses more boundaries than just the senses and this investigation delves into how material might become lucid and fluid, shifting from itself into a sham riot of the heroic.
Moon in my throat – Wood, paint, fabric, saw dust, wheels, dimensions variable
Thor’s Day - Acrylic on canvas, 60 / 42 inches
Re-Membered - Installation View, wood, paint, hemosote, dimensions variable
Landed – Wood, paint, plaster, fabric, 10 ft. long