Kat O’Connor: This Fluid Report of Motion

On view June 20 through August 3, 2019

Opening reception: Thursday, June 20, 6:00-9:00 PM

Artist talk: Tuesday, June 25 at 12:00 PM


What do we expect from a traditional portrait that takes away from the expression of the human being? Can the body, the hands, better express who that person is? Kat O’Connor explores these questions in This Fluid Report of Motion. O’Connor’s portraits of women, which rarely show faces, encourage the viewer to see each individual’s passions, experiences, wisdom, and confidence as conveyed by their hands and bodies. Each woman floats in water, presenting an environment for magnifying strength, finding purpose, and conjoining realism and abstraction.


Kat O’Connor received her Bachelor of Arts in Art with highest honors from Montana State University and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has shown her artwork extensively throughout Massachusetts, Texas, Montana, and beyond and is a Copley Master at the Copley Society of Art in Boston.


Concurrently on view in the West Gallery is About Face: A Members’ Exhibition. Featuring over 120 artists, the work on view presents approaches to likeness, expression, and mood through representations of individuals, pairs, or groups in a variety of different two- and three-dimensional media.


image: Kat O’Connor, Reality as an Infinite and Questionable Shrug (detail), oil on panel, 10″ x 20″