'When I first moved to New York, I was rather sceptical about the social dynamics of such a fast-paced, work-oriented city where appearances at times count for more than knowledge or interest, says Vere about her first impressions of the metropolitan city. But 'meeting brilliant people, peers, friends for life, has really been the big surprise.'
It’s true that such academic circles are not exactly known for the most open, easy-going attitudes, but in Vere’s case, it seems to be the right balance. 'I sleep less, I read more, I exercise less, I party more?' she replies rhetorically, before turning back to the more serious side of life in America at the moment.
'It's a crazy time to live in the U.S. under the current president', she continues, 'which has made me doubt reality very, if not too, often. George Orwell’s 1984 has become real, a nuclear war is well underway, and not dissimilar to the Matrix or 2001: a Space Oddysey, technology is taking control of our lives. Living in the U.S., a culture at the forefront of invention and change, kind of shaped me to accept the bizarre reality of today as rather normal', she muses.
Vere was always drawn to art, thanks in part to her family. 'Both my grandfathers were artists, and I spent most of my childhood painting, if not continuously redesigning my parents' house and reorganising their art', she says. But the drive to create art was not really present when she got older. 'I quit art school feeling very disappointed, but wrote my favourite artist at the time - Tjebbe Beekman – who during a studio visit in Berlin encouraged me to pursue art whilst at architecture school, and architecture while at art school. I guess that has kind of become my motto.'