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About the Event
The Charlotte Museum hosted the exhibition SafeKeeping by Veronica Slater this year from May to July. The exhibit included two bodies of small framed works, a retrospective of Debatable Territories that was first shown at the Hero Festival in 2002 and the world premiere of Nebulous. The SafeKeeping exhibition was a fund raiser for the Charlotte Museum and Veronica Slater, currently living in Brighton, donated all proceeds in support of the Charlotte Museum. This auction is for the last works that were part of the exhibition and all proceeds of these sales will also be donations to the Charlotte Museum.
The concept of nebulous, that hazy, confused feeling, where things do not quite make sense are reflected in these artworks created by Veronica in 2002 while living in Auckland after witnessing 9/11 in New York. Having landed in New York early the morning of September 11, 2001 Veronica had to find her way to a friend’s apartment in Manhattan during the initial chaos of the attacks. Then Veronica spent several weeks in her friends flat while New York was in lockdown before she was able to travel again. It seems appropriate the first gallery showing of Nebulous takes place this year, reflecting the ambiguity of COVID-19, and that hazy, confused feeling. Veronica Slater, in 2021 talks about that time: “Such a tragic turning point in history and looking back, I think the work was about being in a state of flux, not knowing where to go, in a kind of limbo. I sought refuge in the materiality and alchemy of paint. Its fluidity and unpredictable nature when poured, seemed to resonate with a world in chaos. My studio in Brown Street off the Ponsonby Road was a place of sanctuary for me to heal and work. At the time I was in a relationship....planning a future together in Aotearoa, but like the unpredictability of paint, life went in a different direction."