Kelly O’Neill

mixed media work by Kelly O'Neill featuring a child wearing a black dress and a white bunny mask holding a brown teddy bear

Tales of the Forgotten Child, 2021, charcoal, pastel, gesso, ink, and graphite, paper on board, 48” x 36”

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About the artist:

Kelly O’Neill is an installation, mixed-media, and textile artist who lives in Selwyn, Ontario. Working with assemblage and text, video and projection, and incorporating traditional textile methods with unconventional materials, O’Neill creates objects and experiences that explore the fluidity and impermeability of embodied experience. Often beginning from personal experience, O’Neill searches for an image, substance, or object that extends from the personal to the collective. She creates work that dissolves the border between viewer and object to emphasize our contemporary moment.

After completing an Honours BA in Philosophy and English Literature at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. O’Neill worked as a Social Worker before having a family and staying home to raise her 4 children. O’Neill returned to her art practice, after prioritizing other responsibilities, to complete an BFA in Sculpture and Installation at OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario (2018).

Community building as creative expression is important to O’Neill’s practice; it has led to her involvement in the Community Art Project at The Mount and at Peterborough Regional Health Centre as well as various membership positions such as Essential Relations and The Cloth Care Collective.

Her work has been shown in galleries in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia including J.B. Arid Gallery, Toronto; Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver; WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay; Art Mur, Montreal, and The Art Gallery of Peterborough.

Interior view of Kelly O'Neill's studio. Various art works on easels, multiple shelves and tables with art supplies.

Kelly O’Neill’s Studio

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Installation view of KAST Selections exhibition. From Left: Paul Nabuurs, Bronson Smith, David Hickey

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