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Michelle OConnell
Sunnyside, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: Digitally recording vast landscapes from land, sea, and air, I capture my movements through places of natural wonder. After watching the collected footage, I make intuitive paintings on my studio floor, recreating the unique colors, patterns and textures in the landscapes. I record the painting process and digitally combine the videos of painting with those from my travels. Using a projector, I map the videos in geometric shapes onto the paintings themselves as well as screens arranged in space to create digitally layered new environments. My installations are reinventions of the landscape that viewers can enter and experience for themselves. The overlapping of timecodes that exists within my process allows me to collapse the distance between the landscape, the painting, and their recorded and edited versions, creating a place where past, present, and future coexist. Composing with layers of time and space, I connect viewers to my personal journey. I think of this as a new form of travel that aims to challenge our habits of experiencing time as linear and one-directional.
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ARTIST RESUME:


MICHELLE O’CONNELL


EDUCATION

2018 MFA, Visual Arts, Hunter College, New York, NY

2008 Chinese Art and Language Certificate, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

2007 BFA, Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Guilin, I will be forever grateful., LIC Arts Open, Modern Spaces, Long Island City, NY

2010 China Landscapes, Milton’s Place Gallery, Guilin, China

2009 Travels Through China, Backstreet Gallery, Guilin, China


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Here and There, New York and Shenzhen, 205 Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition, 205 Hudson Gallery, New York, NY

2017 Drawing Out, 80 WSE Performance Festival, New York, NY

2015 Over the Bridge, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
We Are Queens, Falchi Building, Long Island City, NY
Winter Salon, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Winter Secrets, Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Citi Bank Group Show, Citi Bank Building, Long Island City, NY

2013 10x10, Reis Studios Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2007 International Artists Juried Exhibition, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Celebrating Zhejiang, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Big, Red, Portable, and Digital, collaborative installation, MICA, Baltimore, MD
Transcendent Tabla, Guitar, and Didgeridoo, collaborative project, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2006 Inter/Arts Concert Lab Exhibition and Performance, collaboration with musicians from the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Brown Center, Baltimore, MD
Transient Modern Landscape, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
Visual Music, Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, MD

2005 The Seven Doors of Bluebeard’s Castle, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD
Teacher Fly-In, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2004 Settings and Sources, Goucher College, Towson, MD
Ferocious Beauty: The Human Genome Project, collaboration with the Liz Lerman Dance
Exchange, Falvey Hall, MICA, Baltimore, MD


PUBLICATIONS

Hyperallergic, Laughter and Tears in Hunter College’s MFA Thesis Show, May 25, 2018
Guilin Evening News, Inside the Picture There’s Another Story, August 10, 2009
Baltimore City Paper, Inter/Arts Concert Lab with Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 30 No. 48, 2006


AWARDS

Third place cash prize and honorable mention in Celebrating Zhejiang
Selected finalist for the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Travel Grant
MICA Painting Recognition Award
Nora and Eugene Leake Scholarship in Painting
John J. Leidy Foundation Scholarship
Alumni Association Scholarship
National Art Honor Society Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
 








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