Christy E. O’Connor

Christy E. O’Connor

    Studio & Gallery

    New Jersey

    Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

    Tea Time in Turbulence

    Paraphilia

    Sculpture & Installation

    Floral Frame Series

    Artist's Biography

    My mission is to malfunction and destroy civilization…

    Christy E. O’Connor commits her practice to the examination of gender, cultural norms, social class, religion and politics, history and perception. She considers how these societal elements are interconnected, and the role these underlying factors play within our daily lives, both contemporarily and throughout history.

    As an artist, she seeks to drive dialog on difficult subject matter that challenges the belief systems and preconceived notions dominated by a patriarchal lens.

    She continuously explores materials, processes, and genres in order to express her point of view. Her vision and message often influences her use of materials and execution, from mixed media works or sculptural forms, to performative acts and written musings.

    Her work often employs elements of the surreal, generating raw visceral imagery that often confronts the viewer unapologetically, as she deconstructs the narratives we have been socially conditioned to believe. Her work is often unsettling and subversive; at times cheeky, satirical, and humorous.

    O’Connor received a BA in Visual Art from Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she studied studio art, photography, and education. She has participated in professional development programs and studio residencies, including Creative Capital at Artworks (Trenton, NJ) and AlterWork Studio (LIC, NY). Solo exhibitions and installations include Victim Shame, Body Blame and Tea Time in Turbulence (2020), Dusklit (2016 2018), Treacherous Women (2018), Vacant Memories, Absent Dreams (2018).

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2020
    Victim Shame, Body Blame, ChaShaMa Studios, Matawan, NJ

    2018
    Absent Memories, Vacant Dreams, Waterwitch, Highlands, NJ

    Treacherous Women, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, Atlantic Highlands, NJ/Warren Community College

    Collaborations
    2018
    Hallow, Basecamp, Trenton, NJ
    Collaboration with Timothy Lucas and Cecilia Martinez

    2016
    Lost Connections, ArtSpace105, Monmouth Arts Council, Red Bank, NJ
    Collaboration with Kate Eggleston and Andrea D’Alessandro

    Automaton, ArtLab Gallery, Artworks, Trenton, NJ
    Collaboration with Kate Eggleston

    Group
    2021
    Normal, Art In Odd Places 2021, New York, NY

    215|610 CONTEMPORARY Juried Exhibition of Regional Emerging Artists, Delaware Community College, Virtual Exhibition
    Curator: Christina Vassallo

    Womyn’s Werq, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ
    Curator: Donna. R Kessinger

    The Empowering, Art150 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
    Curator: Danielle Scott

    Privilege, Power, and Everyday Life, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ
    Curator: Theda Sandiford

    2020
    Primarily Red, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY

    Memories, Gallery 40, Poughkeepsie, NY

    Exhale, Art House Productions, Jersey City, NJ

    The Feminine Agenda, Women’s Work.Art, Poughkeepsie, NY

    ProArts Salons, Online Exhibition

    Isolation, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY

    Luck, ChaShaMa Studios, Matawan, NJ

    Doom and Bloom, West Windsor Arts Council, West Windsor, NJ

    Annual Snow Ball Gala, Arthouse Productions, Jersey City, NJ

    2019
    10x10 Art Show, Artworks Trenton, Trenton, NJ

    ProArts Salons, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ

    Cathedral Arts Festival, Grace Church, Jersey City, NJ

    Clear as Crystal Cold as Ice, LITM, Jersey City, NJ

    It’s Not You It’s Me, Art House Productions, Jersey City, NJ

    Identity, The Gallery Space, Rahway, NJ

    Shiny Objects, LITM, Jersey City, NJ

    Inside/Outside, Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY

    2018
    10x10 Art Show, Artworks Trenton, Trenton, NJ

    Home for the Holidays, Base Camp Trenton, Trenton, NJ

    Primarily Red, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY

    Winter Blues, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, NJ

    Tectum, Dusklit, Seligmann Homestead, Sugar Loaf, NY
    Installation

    Who Are We? Who Am I?, Grace Church, Jersey City, NJ

    The Earth Speaks, Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, NJ

    Neon, LITM, Jersey City, NJ

    Selected Women, Selected Pieces, Waterwitch, Highlands, NJ

    Art on the Edge, AHAC, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    Curator: Anthony “Weird Eye”

    Women’s History Month, JC Cultural Affairs, Jersey City, NJ

    Angels, Wild and Winsome, Metuchen, NJ

    Triggered, Milkweed, Sugarloaf, NY

    This Is Us, ChaShaMa Studios, Matawan, NJ

    2017
    Unapologetic Art Show, LITM, Jersey City, NJ
    Curator: The Vagilante

    Greetings From Montclair, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ

    Little Wonders, LITM, Jersey City, NJ

    10x10 Art Show, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    About Faced, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

    What’s Next, Harborside Atrium, Jersey City, NJ

    Eraserhood Forever 2017, PhiliaMoca, Philadelphia, PA

    Trans Degenerate, Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, NY

    Facing Dreams, Heaven Arts Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

    Against the Grain, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    Rinse, Lather, Repeat, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, NJ

    Fear, JCTC, Jersey City, NJ

    Grass is Greener, Gallery U, Westfield, NJ

    Guilty Pleasures, Volition Gallery, Orangeburg, NY

    The Garden of Earthly Delights, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY,

    Dusklit: Interactive Art Bazaar, The Seligmann Homestead, Sugar Loaf, NY

    Undertow, LITM, Jersey City, NJ

    Art All Night, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    Whatever, The Raven Gallery and Boutique, Jersey City, NJ

    Solstice, Pro Arts, Jersey City, NJ

    Iconic, Woodbridge Artisan Guild, Woodbridge, NJ

    Wildness and Wonder, Concord Public Library, Concord, MA

    Elephant in the Room, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, NJ

    The Raven Turns 3!, The Raven Gallery and Boutique, Jersey City, NJ

    Everyday People, Gallery U, Westfield, NJ

    Common Threads 5, Hopewell Valley Vineyard, Hopewell, NJ

    Love Letters, LITM, Jersey City, NJ

    Politicked Off!, Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, NY

    2016
    Small Wonders, LITM, Jersey City, NJ

    10×10 Art Show, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    Wish List, Boonton Arts and Speakeasy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ

    Heart Wood, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, NJ

    Wicked, Belmar Arts Council, Belmar, NJ

    Art of Darkness Haunting at the Bayou, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    Eraserhood Forever: Eraser Head Tribute, PhilaMoca, Philadelphia, PA

    Mystic and Mayhem, The Raven Gallery and Boutique, Jersey City, NJ

    Haunting at the Hive, Hive Gallery, Chester, NJ

    Vanity, Jersey City Theatre Center, Jersey City, NJ

    Out of the Box, Gallery U, Westfield, NJ

    Dusklit: Interactive Art Bazaar, The Seligmann Homestead, Sugar Loaf, NY

    Art All Night, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    Hat Show, 313 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

    Emerging Artists Series, A.J. Dillon Art Gallery, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

    Boonton Arts Dog Days of Summer, Boonton Arts and Speakeasy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ

    St. Baldrick’s Benefit Art Show, The Irish Pol, Philadelphia, PA

    The Raven Turns 2!, The Raven Gallery and Boutique, Jersey City, NJ

    Blanco, Gallery U, Westfield, NJ

    2015
    Everything but the Kitchen Sink, A.J. Dillon Art Gallery, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

    10x10 Art Show, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    Land of Misfit Toys, The Raven Gallery and Boutique, Jersey City, NJ

    Art of Darkness—Carnival of Souls, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    Something Wicked, Gallery U, Westfield, NJ

    Revolution, The Arts Corner, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

    Pequenos: A Group Exhibition of Small Works, Gallery U, Westfield, NJ

    Hands for Mental Health Project, Verona Park, Verona, NJ/Yanticaw Park, Nutley, NJ
    Outdoor Art Installation

    Art All Night, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    Boonton Arts Dog Days of Summer, Boonton Arts and Speakeasy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ

    Women Waging the Way, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ
    Art Auction

    Grand Tiny, Trenton Works Gallery, Trenton, NJ

    2014
    10x10 Art Show, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    Art of Darkness, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

    2002 - 2006
    Senior Thesis Exhibit, Kresge and Pascal Gallery of Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ

    Photography Specialization Exhibit, Courtney Art Gallery of New Jersey City University, Jersey
    City, NJ

    Fine Art Specialization Exhibit, Courtney Art Gallery of New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ

    Performances
    2020
    Christmas in Quarantine, Art All Night Virtual Live Stream, Trenton, NJ

    Tea Time in Turbulence, Berrie Center for the Arts, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ

    Artist's Bibliography

    2019
    O'Shea, Patrick, “Creating from crisis: 6 N.J. performers share responses to COVID-19”, NJ Advanced Media September

    Norton, Sue J., “Janson Collaborative Project”

    2018
    Ananaia, Billy, “Treacherous Women Now Showing at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council”, Asbury Park Press, March

    2017
    Gervasi, Angela, "Temple Represented by Artists at Nasty Women”, The Temple News, January

    Of Lines Drawn,”, Tales from the Forest: Issue 4, January

    Indie Soleil Magazine, pg. 52-53 & back cover, January

    “A Woman’s Place is in the Revolution,” Resist, pg. 24

    2016
    Acerra, Danielle, “Lost Connections,” X.it Artzine, pg. 21-22, Spring: Monmouth Arts Quarterly
    News, NJ, 2016

    Professional Experience

    Residencies

    2020
    AlterWork Studios, Long Island City, NY

    2016
    Creative Capital Blended Professional Development Program for Artists, Trenton, NJ

    Education

    2010
    Monmouth University,, West Long Branch, NJ
    M.S.E.D., Special Education

    2006
    Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ
    B.A., Visual Arts