"Fathom: The Art of Kat O'Connor" | Worcester Art Museum

Date: July 16, 2022 - October 16, 2022 at 10am-4pm

Presented By: Worcester Art Museum and ArtsWorcester

Worcester artist Kat O’Connor, winner of the Sally R. Bishop Best in Show Prize at the 2021 ArtsWorcester Biennial, will open a solo exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum this summer. The recipient of numerous grants and awards—including a Mass Cultural Council Fellowship—O’Connor has shown her work nationwide for nearly 30 years. Her paintings and drawings are included in many private and corporate collections.

A frequent traveler to the American southwest and Greece, O’Connor’s early work often depicted explorations of light and shape in scenes from her journeys. However, for over a decade now, water has been her primary muse and artistic focus. In her recent body of work, which includes the Biennial winner, Dreaming of Snell’s Window, the artist explores the world above and below the surface of swimming pools. These almost other-worldly paintings show graceful, fluid portraits of women — diving, swimming, floating — from the unusual perspective of someone underwater. The figures have a dream-like quality, gently distorted by ripples, bubbles, and reflections as they move through the water.

Fathom: The Art of Kat O'Connor will be on view at the Worcester Art Museum July 16 - October 16, 2022.

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