Miriam O’Connor is from Cork and was educated at Technological University, Dublin and completed her Research Masters at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology, Dublin (2011). In her practice she draws inspiration from the sights, sounds and language of everyday life. Rather than providing answers, O’ Connor positions photography as a tool for posing questions, a playful medium that commands its own attention and analysis. Using photographs, text and printed matter, her projects have explored themes around looking and seeing, the relationship between camera and subject and the complex nature of photographic representation. Following her relocation to the family farm in recent years, O’Connor now occupies a dual role of farmer and artist, where she is interested in engaging with the elasticity of the photographic medium through everyday agricultural life.
Her work is held in public and private collections and has been exhibited and distributed extensively. Publications include, the Condition Report Register (2022), Tomorrow is Sunday (2020), The Legacy Project (2013) and Attention Seekers (2012). Recent awards include, Platform 31 Award (2022), Arts Council Agility Award (2021), Arts Council of Ireland Visual Artist Bursary (2020) and the Visual Artists Ireland Experiment! Award (2020). Her work is part of FUTURES, a photography platform that pools the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions across Europe and A Woman’s Work, a project that uses photography and digital media to challenge the dominant view of gender and industry in Europe. She is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, Visual Artists Ireland and Culture Ireland.