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InkaMon

Veronica Solomon was born in 1980 and grew up in Transylvania in the centre of Romania. »InkaMon« is the pen name she has adopted in her career as an interdisciplinary artist. On her website she says: »I’m not related to Pokémon. I’m related to Doraemon.« She obviously does not identify with the franchise creature of the Japanese gaming industry, but with the comic figure made by Fujimoto Hiroshi, which has become extremely popular in Mangas and Anime since 1970.

In 2003, Veronica Solomon graduated in Ceramics at the University for Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, in order to subsequently work in the advertising industry. She is currently studying Animation at the Academy for Film and Television Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg. However, she has already been involved in drawing and cinematographic projects as an autodidact for five years. At the age of 10, she says, she decided to produce animated films. She prefers Japanese comics, a passion reflected in some of her own figures. However, these fantastic beings are not only created on paper or by computer. Veronica Solomon uses clay, textiles, and other materials, which she forms and then paints. She also experiments with diverse styles, as the projects she has published in the past three years in various magazines and anthologies show. Her comic »Oma 13. Eine kurze osteuropäische Dystopie« (tr.: A short Eastern European dystopy) was published in several magazines, including the Romanian journal »DOR« (2010), »Zeszyty Komiksowe« in Poland and »Papírmozi« in Hungary (both in 2011). In 2011, she produced one episode for the Romanian comic compendium »Book of George«. Her ironic portrait of Bucharest, a city seen from the perspective of two young tourists, has recently been part of the group exhibition »L’Europe se dessine« at this year’s international Comic Festival in Angoulême in the west of France. Veronica Solomon’s five-minute animated film »How to Deal with Nonsense« (2010) has been screened at various festivals. In it she shows a colourful, bizarre and happily absurd fantastic world, in which myths and rumors in the form of steam and clouds are carried around by fantasy creatures . In a comment on the film she writes: »Why struggle to understand everything when we can joyfully slide through so many layers of nonsense.« And she recommends: »Don’t struggle to make too much of it. Just slide.« Her illustrations, comics and short films are to be found on her homepage. In 2012 her series »Ein dunkles Fenster« (tr.: A dark window) is being shown in the exhibition »Die superreale Welt: Graphic Novels aus Europa« (tr.: The super-real world: European Graphic Novels) at the Institut Français in Berlin.

Veronica Solomon lives in Berlin.

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