ENCAUSTIC PAINTINGS BY KRISTIN O'CONNOR
The first time I climbed a pole, my shins were bruised for weeks. Ankle hangs and elbow hangs on lyra left their purple and blue marks as well. One lyra trick left behind a palm sized bruise on my thigh, which in the weeks following was a fascinating study in color. The gradual shift from blue to purple, to yellow and green was striking. It gave me pause to consider how something as tough and protective as skin could simultaneously be so delicate.
My paradigm then shifted and I wore these bruises with pride; they are badges of honor representative of the strength and endurance required to achieve a new skill. In these paintings I analyze bruises through their evolution, gilding the pain they caused and celebrating the body on which they reside.
I was born and raised in Ocala, Florida, and graduated with a BFA in Painting from the University of Tampa in 2013. I received my MFA in 2015 from the New York Academy of
Art and have had the honor of showing my work in various shows all over the city. I live and work in Brooklyn.