Blue and Green should never be seen is a collection of new photographs by Miriam O’ Connor. This ongoing series explores her return to the family farm where she grew up in County Cork, a homecoming that was precipitated by the death of her brother in 2013. In these new works, O’ Connor uses the camera to map out boundaries of a familiar yet uncharted terrain. The images offer glimpses into daily life and routines, reflect familial connections, and explore traditions and customs associated with rural life.
O’ Connor draws inspiration for her work from the sights and sounds of the everyday. In her practice, she is interested in the subtleties of looking and seeing, the nature of representation, and the special ambiguity of still images. Her work has been featured in a wide range of photography publications and she has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Ireland and internationally.
In 2012, O’ Connor’s project The Misbehaving Camera received the Alliance Française Photography Award. In the same year, PogoBooks, Berlin with Galleri Image, Denmark, published her first photo book Attention Seekers. Attention Seekers has subsequently featured in: Camera Austria, New Irish Works, PhotoIreland, (2013), Photo Collect, Copenhagen, (2014), and selected for Greetings from Ireland, (2015).
She has had solo exhibitions at Galleri Image, Denmark, The Third Space Gallery, Belfast and in THERE THERE, Cork, curated by Stag & Deer. She was a nominee for the Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Photograph Awards and produced her second photo book The Legacy Project, an arts commission for The National Women’s Council of Ireland in 2013. The Legacy Project, which forms part of the exhibition Still, We Work is currently on a nationwide Irish tour.
In conjunction with Galleri Image in Aarhus, Denmark, O’ Connor has recently produced new work for FRESH EYES – International Artists Rethink Aarhus, which will be exhibited during Aarhus Capital of Culture 2017. Miriam O’ Connor lives and works in Cork. Her work is held in public and private collections.