New Monstrous Sculpture Installation by Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor Comes to the Civic Center

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Sidewalk artist chat with Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor about her installation for the SFAC Galleries
Friday, June 26, 6 - 7 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2015 – The SFAC Galleries Window Installation Site at 155 Grove Street, across from City Hall, will be transformed into a lair filled with creatures that conjure Maurice Sendak's famously affable monsters from Where The Wild Things Are. The installation, titled Causatum, is the work of Sacramento-based artist Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor who is known for her massive sculptural creatures made from salvaged bed sheets, quilts and pillows. The public will have the opportunity to meet O'Connor and learn about her creative process at an intimate sidewalk artist talk from 6 - 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26.

The public is invited to gather on the sidewalk for a discussion with O'Connor and SFAC Galleries Associate Curator Jackie Im. They'll discuss how the artist transformed the empty storefront gallery into a den for her massive sculptural creatures. O'Connor's use of traditional bedding materials make her sculptures accessible, even a little cuddly, despite their monstrous size. With their mixture of patterns and various degrees of disarray, they convey a degree of pathos, like much-loved stuffed animals rendered threadbare over time, only magnified to an absurd degree.

O'Connor explains that she's "interested in subverting cuteness and turning it on its head." Arranged in lumbering positions and propped up by two-by-fours, O'Connor's creatures exist between familiarity and the grotesque.

SFAC Galleries Associate Curator Jackie Im states, "With their oversized heads, elongated limbs and exposed skeletal armatures, Elisabeth's sculptures have an alien quality to them. Yet through her use of everyday materials, they become more intimate and recognizable, allowing the viewing public to relate to their hangdog expressions as well as their postures of determined survival."

Free Public Program: Artist Sidewalk Chat
When: Friday, June 26, 6 - 7 p.m.
Details: Join us at the SFAC Galleries Window Installation Site for a sidewalk chat with artist Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor.

Exhibition Information:
When: June 26 - September 13, 2015
Where: SFAC Galleries Window Installation Site
155 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Viewable 24/7 from the sidewalk

Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach and her MFA from the University of California, Davis. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA; Suyama Space, Seattle, WA; Weber State University, Ogden, UT; and CUE Arts, New York, NY. She has been awarded a 2005 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Fellowship and a 2012 Artist-in-Residence Fellowship from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE. O'Connor lives and works in Sacramento, CA and teaches drawing and sculpture at Sacramento City College.


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