Dorothy O’Connor’s ongoing series, “Scenes,” centers around transforming spaces into fantastical landscapes which frequently utilize elements of nature to tell a story. Each concept, shaped predominantly by events in the artist’s own life, creates a conceptual autobiography. Building the life-sized installations also allows her to live inside her own imagination, and to construct a more aesthetically pleasing reality. Each project takes months to complete, in which O’Connor fully immerses herself in its meticulous details. She creates many of the components in each set by hand: crocheting the ocean, crafting hundreds of paper birds, weaving a ceiling of roots from jute, etc. The scenes are ultimately captured on film and the photographs remain as the lasting imprint.
Dorothy O’Connor graduated with degrees in Literature and Studio Arts. Her photographs and installations feature thoughtfully composed and hand-crafted scenes which combine elements of still-life, portraiture, landscape and performance to produce unique and evocative works of art. She has received grants from Possible Futures, FLUX and the Forward Arts Foundation to present installations as public art and her photographs have been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. She began 2013 with an artist residency at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville where she built and presented her latest installation, “Shelter.” Her work is in the permanent collections of MOCA GA, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Center for Fine Art Photography and is included in many private collections.
Image: Tornado, 2011 by Dorothy O’Connor