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Veronique West

Canada - British Columbia

She/Her, They/Them

Image 1: Veronique, a white non-binary person with wavy, sandy blonde hair falling just below their ears, stands with a white wall behind them. They are smiling a little and wearing a dark red crewneck sweater.

Image 2: In a dark studio space, a silhouetted performer arranges human-shaped shadow puppets behind a scrim. In front of the scrim, there is a table with two chairs and a lace tablecloth. (photo credit: still from video by Christian Yves Jones)

Image 3: In a dark studio space, a performer stands behind a table, holding up and inspecting a document. Behind them, a shadowy texture is projected onto a scrim. (photo credit: still from video by Christian Yves Jones)

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Veronique West is a non-binary artist, facilitator, and peer mental health advocate of Polish descent, based on the occupied and unsurrendered lands the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Their practice is informed by their lived experience of mental health disability and chronic physical illness. Veronique collaboratively creates and dramaturgs in-person and digital performances. Through fragmented aesthetics, their work explores how disability and madness can be generative disruptions, which reshape understandings of self, kin, and community. Through multimedia design, their projects incorporate various artist and audience entry-points, interweaving accessibility with formal experimentation. Veronique has facilitated programs on playwriting, devising, digital performance creation, and Mad Arts. They have also been an eating disorder peer support mentor, a crisis responder, and will be a mental health workshop facilitator at post-secondary campuses next spring.

Areas of Interest:

  • Performing Arts
  • Installation / Sculpture
  • Sound Art
  • Digital Arts and Media

Roles:

  • Practicing artist or maker
  • Community member
  • Instructor
  • Facilitator
  • Mental Health Accessibility Consultant

Expertise:

  • Consulting
  • Event Planning
  • Communications
  • Facilitation
  • Active Listening
  • Advisory Support
  • Mental Health Peer Support
  • Dramaturgy
  • Writing
  • Performance Creation

Identifies with:

  • Disabled
  • Mad
  • LGBTQ2SIA+