O'Connor to present Senior Art Exhibit at U of O

Release Date: 4/28/2006

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks senior Gina O'Connor of Clarksville will present a Senior Art Exhibit titled "Here and Gone: A Vestibule of Enchanted Dreams" from May 5-13 in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the U of O campus.

O’Connor’s art is both two and three dimensional primarily using raku in ceramics and oil painting. She also works with wood, bronze, watercolor, photography and mixed media.

“The specific themes and symbols that I am presently working with deal with mystical landscapes, masks, mirrors, and doorways,” she said. “I want to express the landscape and nature as a way for others to see and experience spirit in its purest form.”

O’Connor said her major influences include artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Salvador Dali, Andy Goldsworthy and Thomas Moran.

“While each of these artists expresses art in different style, their process of making art as a spiritual or psychological practice is clearly conveyed in their work,” O’Connor said. “These artists’ dedication to the importance of expressing the mystical aspects of life and nature and the spiritual and psychological processes involved in making art has been an inspiration for me.”

The exhibit is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. There will be a reception to meet the artist at 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 5, in the Stephens Gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center.