‘Silent Spring’, Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co Dublin Dec 2021-Jan 2022
Taylor Galleries Seasonal Colour 2021-22
“Landmarks’ Pearse Museum June-Aug 2022
MFA Fine Art NCAD, graduating June 2022!
In 2021, Beatrice was awarded a place on the international mentorship programme with Sabine Theunissen in The Centre for the Less Good Idea (Johannesburg) founded by William Kentridge. She collaborated with another artist in Johannesburgh to respond to a poem by Zizipho Bam. See a clip of the video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVfzF2mj7j1/
MFA: The MFA has led to a new direction. Have a look at the Youtube channel to see new experimental videos and animation exploring the sense of hopelessness in trying to address themes of climate change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GalzAt0KJKM
The Artist’s Well interview and book:
In March 2021 Alan Keane from The Artist’s Well conducted an interview with the artist. Alan has interviewed more than 50 artists and The Artist’s Well has run into a second series. Beatrice is delighted to be featured in the book of the first series along with the other artists from Series one. QR codes on each artist featured lead to the individual interview on Youtube.
Watch the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn1sFZFnKZo
Buy the book here:
BEATRICE O’CONNELL (Dublin 1973)
TU Dublin, 1996 BA Fine Art painting 1996, MFA NCAD 2021-22.
Beatrice O’Connell focuses on the relationship between nature and culture in her multidisciplinary practice that encompasses painting, drawing, animation and video. She is interested in the interaction between humans and environment, particularly the idea of collective behaviour and individual identity.
The spectre of climate change looms in Beatrice’s work, specifically the lost connection with nature in a highly technologically mediated society. The representations are of creatures and landscapes in flux. A trace element of human presence is ever palpable. The humble pollinators play a vital role in our global emergency and their decline is a cause for concern. An anxiety and a sense of mortality is felt in the work, not only the insects’ mortality but our own mortality as time marches on.