elisabeth higgins o'connor

b. 1963, Arcadia, CA; lives and works in Sacramento, CA

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O’Connor creates large-scale sculptures made with found materials that represent animal-like, fantastic creatures. Born in Los Angeles she is now based in Sacramento, CA. She has exhibited extensively in California and throughout the US including John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin and CUE Art Foundation, NY. She was a recipient of the 2005 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Fellowship and a 2012 Artist-in-Residence Fellowship from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha. She is currently teaching at UC Davis.

Installation views of Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2017. Photo by JKA Photography.

Works of art in the exhibition:

blame/thirst, 2017
Lumber, styrofoam, paint, bedsheets, domestic textiles, paper, cardboard, quilting pins
96 x 72 x 84 in.

lullaby/lament, 2017
Lumber, styrofoam, paint, bedsheets, lace curtains, lace tablecloths, domestic textiles, paper, cardboard, quilting pins, string, twine
144 x 84 x 102 in.


haptic encounter video

Haptic Encounters is a collaborative project with writer and professor Georgina Kleege that investigates how tactile and kinesthetic explorations of works of art can engage all visitors with the possibilities for appreciating art through a non-visual sense.

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Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor was inspired by the folktale “The Golem.”