Built from discarded upholstered furniture, bedding and sundry household fabrics, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor’s work will occupy the entirety of Suyama Space with her installation of large-scale, figurative/animal-ish forms that are obliquely narrative. O’Connor walks a narrow line between the dichotomies of tenderness and the grotesque, pathos and absurdity, fatigue and resilience, accretion and loss, and vulnerability and resourcefulness with this installation. Its themes mash up with her interest in posture, gesture, and the rendering of expressions.
Wooden armatures are laden with found cardboard, paper, paint, and matte medium, and held together with drywall screws. Much of her material is scavenged or found—the bed sheets and blankets are from thrift stores—and she appreciates the embedded concepts these cast-off domestic textiles carry: comfort, childhood, familial history, birth, death, sex, and dreamtime.
The art activity of Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, currently a resident of Sacramento, California, has centered primarily in California since the mid-1990s. She received her B.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach in 1995, and her M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis in 2005.
The artist’s reception was held at Suyama Space on Friday, January 16, from 5 - 7 p.m., and O’Connor offered a presentation about her work the following day, Saturday, January 17.