Eilis O' Connell by Paul Moorhouse Assistant Keeper in the Modern Collection, Tate Gallery, London 1994
Since the beginning of her career, issues of structure - "how things hold themselves together in space" have been a central concern. In her outdoor works, which sometimes involve complex engineering problems, such considerations are inevitably to the fore. Alongside her public commissions, however, O' Connell has used her studio works as a way of exploring her art in a more personal way. In these private works, which are free of the constraints of imposed by public commissions, subconscious preoccupations come to the surface and inform the structure of her sculptures. Themes that emerge in this way then feed back into her commissioned projects.