Veronica Ceci is a Queer intermedia artist based out of Austin, TX. Her work has been exhibited internationally for over two decades and is in many permanent archives, including The Library of Congress and The Autry Museum of the American West.

 

What made you want to start creating or selling?

Creating is the only thing I have ever done, it is not something that has a start date in my life, but rather a constant act, the rewards of which have grown over time.

What do you wish someone would have told you when you started? Did you have experience or did you learn as you went along?

I am formally educated in the arts, but most of my technique has been acquired over time with lots of practice. As a young artist I was very impatient for recognition, but I can see now that it is only with time that my work developed enough to warrant it.

What do you love most about your brand? Or the work you produce?

The fabric items which comprise my pret-a-porter line are a chance for me to just have fun with color and imagery and take a break from the conceptual rigor of my gallery work.

What kind of challenges have you had to overcome as a small business owner? As an LGBTQIA+ artist or entrepreneur?

Self-promotion is always the biggest challenge for me as I would prefer to spend my time talking about ideas rather than reminding people that I have products to sell.

How have you pivoted or evolved your business because of Covid-19? // How has Covid-19 affected your creation process?

Covid-19 has changed so much. I lost my equipment access and have had to redesign my working style to operate out of the home I share with several roommates. My primary source of income, working as a letterpress printer in a graphic design studio, was also lost, and for the first time I am supporting myself and my practice solely through the sales of my own work.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My mind is always freshest in the morning, so I like to get up early, go for a walk and take care of any administrative business before noon. Then the rest of my day is spent creating objects, with breaks to eat, until bedtime.

Is this your fulltime job?

Yes!

Who are some of your favorite queer artists or creators? Queer owned businesses?

Austin's The Little Gay Shop is a great place to spend your Queer dollars, and I am really fond of the Queer Ecology Hanky Project which is a traveling exhibition with 96 artist made bandannas from across North America.

What is something you’re looking forward to in 2021?

I've organized a panel discussion of Queer printmaker's called Niche which will be happening on February 6th as part of PrintAustin. The dialogue that comes out of it is bound to be stimulating.

Any organizations you love and would like folks to hear about?

I am a big supporter of the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit. Like me, Ruth was a Queer (lesbian) letterpress printer, and the center that has her name provides a variety of critical services to Queer youth.

One last random thing about you! Can be totally random! 

I am a member of the Indian Classical Music Circle of Austin and really love getting lost in the hypnotic sounds and the extended compositions of that genre.

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