Higgins O’Connor creates from recycled fabric harvested from thrift shops. The disparate elements of bedclothes are glued, cemented and sewn into larger than life figurative forms. These sculptures referred to as “No Names” represent the prevaricator, the unnoticed and the overwhelming.
These pieces force the recall of a visual game I would play as a child. At night I would never want to give in to sleep so waking in the morning was exceedingly difficult. Before sitting up I would let my vision lose focus through weary eyes. Blankets transformed into mountainous landscapes and sheets became vast oceans. Wrinkles in the pillowcase twisted into winking eyes and upturned mouths. It was cloud watching in a dream state and a beneficial way to start each day.
This work is a beacon for subjective experience. These beings could be your imaginary friends or a reason to leave a light on at bedtime.
Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor
24 January – 28 February 2009
David Salow Gallery