‘Frame or be framed’ is a deep-rooted motif that runs through Puck Verkade‘s (1987) video-based practice as an inquiry into the complexities of representation. How do these complexities inform gendered and racialized biases in everyday interpersonal encounters? How are they mediated and visualised in order to perpetuate social inequalities? Digging through generational layers of visual culture tropes has led Verkade to use humor and irony as an entry into the stickiness of subjectivity. A continuous feed of embodied explorations results in speculative constructions composed of re-appropriated found footage, sampled pop music, low res animations and personal recordings. Formerly predominantly screen based, Verkade’s recent body of work is unfolding into a diverse materiality of sorts and has made way for sculptural elements to support and situate her video works as part of space-intrusive installations.
After receiving her BFA from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Puck Verkade has shown her work at various institutions, such as the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam. She recently completed an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London. Verkade lives and works in London, where she has been selected as a resident artist at Sarabande The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation for 2017-2018.