From the series Attention Seekers.
‘We spend much of our daily lives caught up in busy routines, unobservant of the curious details that make up the visual world we are passing through. Attention Seekers is a body of work which lingers on these often overlooked traces, singling them out with an attentive and subtle gaze that imbues them with a mysterious and magical vitality. The subjects of these images solicit attention – that of the photographer and, ultimately, of the viewer – with their strangely insistent and often subtly unsettling juxtapositions, shapes and colours. Modest or minute elements are reoccurring motifs across the series, where, time, location and horizon lines are regularly obscured – comparatively hazy. Full of ambiguous clues and mischievous suggestions, the images represent, above all, a deep curiosity around looking and seeing, and a preoccupation with the impression that these scenes in some way return the gaze’ – Miriam O’Connor
Irish artist, Miriam O’Connor lives and works in Cork. In her practice she draws inspiration from the language, sights and sounds of the everyday, and is concerned with the subtleties of looking and seeing, the relationship between camera and viewer, and the special ambiguity of still images. She holds a BA in photography from Dublin Institute of Technology, and completed a Research Masters at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire in 2011. Her work has been featured in a wide range of photography publications and she has exhibited in solo and group shows in Ireland and internationally.