Kristin O’Connor

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Work1 Title: Q825, Disco Punch Year: 2015 Materials: oil on canvas Dimensions: H 60 W 60 D Work2 Title: Molten Year: 2015 Materials: oil on canvas Dimensions: H 60 W 48 D Work3 Title: Nose Gold Year: 2015 Materials: oil on canvas Dimensions: H 40 W 36 D Work4 Title: Dark Circles Year: 2015 Materials: oil, encaustic on panel Dimensions: H 9 W 6 D Work5 Title: 920, Red Revenge Year: 2015 Materials: oil on canvas Dimensions: H 6 W 6 D

Statement:

I’m interested in the conjunction of glamour and grotesque as a means of exploring the role of beauty in female social identity.

Beauty is a double-edged sword capable of both enslaving and liberating. My paintings exploit this power, using forms of make up and gold paint to transform the body. The ugliness of chipped nails and drooling mouths become lyrical swirls of pinks and blues, while putrid greens and yellows create the illusion of gold leave the image teetering on the abject.

In confronting the vague, haunting discomfort found in the pleasure of the beautiful, what becomes most intoxicating is paint’s ability to transform what we call “ugly” in reality into beauty in paint.

 

Resume:

Education:
2015
Master of Fine Arts in Painting, New York Academy of Art, NY

2013
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Magna Cum Laude, University of Tampa, FL

Selected Exhibitions:
2015
MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, NY
De-Con-Struct, NOoShere Arts Gallery, NY
MFA Open Srudios, New York Academy of Art, NY
TriBeCa Ball, New York Academy of Art, NY

2014
Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, NY
MFA Open Srudios, New York Academy of Art, NY
TriBeCa Ball, New York Academy of Art, NY

2013
Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, NY
Experimental Work, New York Academy of Art, NY
6x6x2013, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
Small Art 4 Big Heart, Indian Rocks Rotary Foundation, Tampa, FL

2012
Emerging to Disappear, The Box on 5th, FL **
Fourth Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition, Lore
Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, PA
Wrapped, OSLE Gallery, Tampa, FL *
Everything Is Art
Celebrity Juried Competition, everythingisart.cc
6x6x2012, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
Women’s History Month Art Contest, University of Tampa, FL
Annual Juried Student Exhibition, University of Tampa, FL
Beneath It All, OSLE Gallery, Tampa, FL **
Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS, New York, NY
Canvas 7 Art Premier, Tampa, FL

2011
Drawing Connections, Sienna Art Institute, Sienna, Italy
Annual Juried Student Exhibition, University of Tampa, FL
•    denotes solo exhibition ** denotes small group show

Related Experience:
2012 – 2013
Curatorial Assistant, Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa, FL

Awards & Scholarships:
2013 Dorfmueller Scholarship for Art Students, Tampa, FL

2010 – 2012 Dean’s List Scholar, University of Tampa, FL

2012 Honorable Mention, Women’s History Month Art Contest, University of  Tampa, FL

Best in Sculpture, Annual Juried Student Exhibition, University of Tampa, FL

2011 Best in Show, Women’s History Month Art Contest, Tampa, FL

Place: Brooklyn, NY

Contact: kristinoconnor.art@gmail.com

Website: http://www.kristinoconnorart.com