Artist Bio and Statement


Artist Bio

Christy O’Connor is a New Jersey based artist, living in Monmouth County.  She has been working as an artist over the last four years.  O’Connor works in a variety of mediums, including, painting, mixed media, sculpture, and textiles.  Her work focuses on varying themes, including that of loss, grief, and memory, as well as feminist and politically motivated work.

She is an alumnus of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts.  Additionally, she completed some of her undergraduate studies at New Jersey State University, concentrating in the area of photography.  O’Connor took some time away from her practice upon her completion of school to focus on her career in education.  After ten years in the education field, she made the move back into the arts.

O’Connor has been involved in a large variety of group art exhibitions throughout the tri-state area.  O’Connor has worked in a collaborative installations, including Automaton, located in Trenton, NJ and Lost Connections, in Red Bank, NJ.  She is currently working on a body of work in preparation for her first solo exhibition at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

 

Artist Statement

There is a delicate beauty within the dark layers of harsh corrosion in my work.  Layers of decay and disintegration uncover hidden imagery that appears to have been lost and forgotten; rediscovered after such a long time.  Each work has a story to tell—secrets to reveal.  There is a strange timelessness, almost antiquated feeling to my work, which evokes a haunting sense of loneliness.

Painting, sculpture, and mixed media are the standard forms in which I work.  Many of my works include a combination of painting, drawing and a variety of found objects that had been discarded, repurposed and re-imagined.  I keep many collections akin to my work; aged dirty relics, lost or forgotten, slowly breaking down, or falling apart, finding new meaning and purpose within the compositions I create.