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DISCARDED MATERIAL SCULPTURES BY ELISABETH HIGGINS OCONNOR

by Ariadna Zierold

Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Elisabeth Higgins OConnor, sculpture, sculptures, creatures, discarded, animals, upper playground

The work of Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor finds majesty in the abject and monumentality in the discarded. Remnants of bedclothes, blankets, pillows, couch cushions and knit Afghans gathered and donated from thrift stores and yard sales are cut, re-sewn, wrapped, roped, tied and built into objects that seem to be simultaneously shrouded yet exposed, patched back together but disintegrating, the comfortable rendered uncomfortable.

Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Elisabeth Higgins OConnor, sculpture, sculptures, creatures, discarded, animals, upper playground

Existing somewhere on a spectrum between elegy and absurdity, the work examines a setting where cautionary tales, private anxieties and natural history museum dioramas mash-up and attempts to close the gap between tenderness and the grotesque.

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