Carol O’Connor is a very creative self-taught artist who experiments with a variety of media. Carol’s work includes abstract paintings, wire sculptures and mixed media assemblage. Carol is a newcomer to Interact who has already sold some of her artwork through the Inside Out Gallery in our recent “Game Show.”
I’ve been into art for most of my life. I’d say I probably got started in the summer when I turned 18. That was when I became bi-polar, and it really sparked my artistry and creativity, both in a sense of viewing and producing artwork. My first drawings were studies of the human form in charcoal.
These days I do a lot of painting, utilizing splatter and drip techniques. I’m just attracted to the way it looks, and I get the materials easily by obtaining unwanted commercial paint from hardware stores and repurposing canvases that I find at thrift stores. I also make hand-made jewelry, using agates that my brother-in-law sources from Lake Superior.
Although most of my compositions are abstract, I do like incorporating nature and the elements (earth, water, air, fire) into the themes of my work. I think this is something I picked up from the marine subjects of Winslow Homer.
With art, I like being able to express my abilities and demonstrate my talents—not being told what to do, but having the autonomy over the subjects I select. Art is also exhilarating! Every conceivable emotion seems to jump into the creative process, and when a piece is completed I feel exhausted and require time to allow the energy to come back to me.
In the future I need to broaden my horizons, especially by taking on watercolors. I’ve been afraid to work with them, worried that I’d use too much water and not get that perfect consistency of pigment.