The dance of art and nature is perhaps the most profound expression of human creativity. In this space the artist is both inspired by, and an intricate part of, nature – the weavings of hopes for the future. Beauty, sustainability, wonder and respect are the foundations of Zora Verona’s practice as a nest builder, a unique craft that brings together her skills as a weaver, creator and keen observer of the botany and birdlife that she adores.
Known to her community as Lori Kravos, the name Zora Verona is a creative identity that honours her ancestral story and brings further meaning to her practice. “My paternal grandmother was named Zora – light of dawn – and my maternal grandmother Verona –truth,” says Zora. “What greater or more melodic truth is there than the birdsong heralding a new day?” These Slavic women would not have had a chance to make art. In war times Zora wasn’t even able to name her own children in their mother tongue, so I honour them today for their survival made real, and the careful tending of family that has enabled me to create today,” says Zora Verona