Piece description from the artist
When we think of art as powerful, we tend to think big: art that effects social change, art that protests, art that raises awareness about current issues in contemporary society, etc. However, even the impact of art on one person is an incredibly powerful thing: A walk to work is forever altered when one encounters something new in the landscape, whether it is a performance, painting, sculpture, etc. I am personally driven by this idea: the effect that art has on people’s every day experiences.
My artwork aims to be relatable to artists and non-artists alike. It is loosely narrative, suggesting a story that is familiar, or perhaps even nostalgic, but is juxtaposed with fantastic, fairy tale-like elements. My intent is for the work to be fun and encourage people to view their own everyday lives in a more imaginative perspective, if only for a minute. Viewing ourselves through new perspectives is the first step to developing a more open mind to the world around us, and that is a very powerful thing.
After many years of trying to resolve the great divide between art-making and the rest of her life, Annie came to the retrospectively obvious conclusion that the only way to do so is to never separate the two in the first place. Art exists in her life every day, be it through the relational experiences she shares with students in her art room, taking part in collaborative art making processes, or working by herself in her studio.
O'Connor is driven by this idea: that art has an effect on people’s every day experiences.
Annie got her BFA in Painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is now pursing her Master's Degree in Art Education. She teaches at the Medfield Memorial School and has worked on an extracurricular mural project with area teens through the Cambridge Arts Council.