I am especially interested in how women have been perceived and portrayed throughout history, literature, and modern forms of media through the lens of the male gaze. I often wonder how patriarchal standards affect societal and cultural norms and mores as a whole, religious and social class systems and gender and sexuality.
My work often depicts female archetypes inspired by fairytales, mythologies, and historical figures in multilayered mixed media bodies of work and installations. I create maximalist works that mimic the way in which we are so frequently bombarded with imagery and notions that perpetuate patriarchal and oppressive viewpoints.
My current body of work, On Love & Consumption, is an interdisciplinary body of mixed media works that plays on a kitsch aesthetic and a maximalist approach that critiques higher social classes and gender through satire and dark humor. Using the historical archetype of Marie Antoinette, reimagined with a modern twist, I combine painting, sculpture, poetry and performance to examine the current state or late stage capitalism and its parallels to the French Revolution in terms of wealth inequality and economic oppression, coupled with the seemingly insatiable appetites of the upper crust, paying particular scrutiny on the women of this class system as they simultaneously function as both the oppressed and oppressors themselves.
Christy E. O’Connor is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in the New York metro area. She combines wearable sculpture, performance, and 2D mixed media works to create narrative bodies of work and installations.
2010 Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ M.S.E.D., Special Education
2006 Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ B.A., Visual Arts
Awards & Honors
Artist in Residency, Elsewhere Studios, Paonia, CO
Two time recipient Artist in Residency, Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation MANA, Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
2020 Artist in Residency, AlterWork Studio, Long Island City, NY
AlterWork Studios, Long Island City, NY
Artist Professional Development Program, Creative Capital, Artworks, Trenton, NJ
2016 Creative Capital Blended Professional Development Program for Artists, Trenton, NJ