Eilis O' Connell by Tessa Jackson1999
Eilis O' Connell has been likened to an anthropologist. Her extensive dictionary of forms often relates in scale and characteristic to the human figure ; slim column - like structures rounded fecund pieces, apertures.
Other works connect more directly to the natural world, albeit in unspecific and almost abstract ways. She doesn't intend her work to be either literal or descriptive. The synergy she creates between form, medium and fine craftsmanship goes beyond the lyrical and poetic. The artist wants us to experience the physicality of seeing to use our sense and feelings when viewing.
In complete control she is able to push and extend both her forms and use of materials. The resulting tensions are those that she has carefully orchestrated and considered while remaining in control.