Born in New York, Dorrie McVeigh’s family emigrated to the UK in the late 70's. The impact of that move has been pivotal to her work as she looks into how our past can influence our sense of identity and belonging. Mcveigh has travelled extensively in her life, perhaps always searching for her own allegorical "homeland" and eventually in a perhaps hereditary act, unrooted her own children to make a new life in Marseille. In a recent exhibition, Mcveigh writes on this experience: “In our homeland, we are essentially held together by the fabric of friendships that have been forged by time and the common thread that these friendships and our extended family embody. When we leave this we are set afloat, there is huge freedom but at the same time we are unrooted and there is an inevitable loss in this act. For my own part, it was in the wide-open landscapes of my childhood, that I felt most whole” McVeigh uses her photography as a means to forage into the hidden regions of the “self” as she is drawn to and grapples with very personal themes such as identity and nostalgia. In her recent landscapes, we see this as she captures poignantly both a sense of belonging and emptiness with her moving lens.
Mcveigh has had several international solo shows and in 2018 she will be exhibiting her series "On the Beach at Fontana", a series that connects poetry with photography, at the Dou Bochi Gallery as part of the Voie Off Festival during Les Rencontres d'Arles.
She lives with her husband and two children in Marseille in the South of France.