Leanne O’Connor is a cross-disciplinary artist-maker who is interested in the hidden, obscure and benign qualities of artifacts, archives and narratives. From an Irish Working-class background, O’Connor is constantly curious as to the recording techniques of communities and how these records and remnants inform collective memory and cultural identity, with a current focus on the industrial decline within the community of Smethwick. Leanne is currently working with CHAS ( Community, History and Archives service) in researching their expansive Chance Glass collection, activating their contents in the production of a new body of sculpture.
‘Art is a two-way mirror that links past and present. It lives for us, and it can make the past it embodies live just as vividly’Jonathan Jones, 2013. Fragmented glass found at Chance glass Heritage site, Smethwick. Since being named as a bursary artist on the living memory project I have been working with … Read more