Cynthia O’Neill

  • Baltimore, MD

Mixed Media Artist focusing in Sculpture, Installations, Body adornments, Performance and Audience engagement.

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As a Baltimore, MD based interdisciplinary artist I use art as a method of healing, communicating and narrating personal journey. Illness and art have been constants in my life; survival and medical conditions often force me to consider anatomy when investigating how humans exist within the world. I work at the intersection of art, science and technology by use of biofeedback sensors and robotics in my sculptures, installations and immersive meditations. The code used in the technology to bring it to life is executed to mimic to the body energy it gathers. The work is built by hand by use of traditional casting methods and computer aided design machines. It is scaled to a relationship with the physical anatomical form. Themes of consciousness, meditation, medicine, nature and anatomy in relationship to the body are recurrent throughout my practice.
My current body of work Visualizing Consciousness, asks the user to slow down and be with their body. I live in a world ruled by interoception, a sensitivity and response to internal stimuli originating inside the body. Every human brain uses interoception, most just are not aware. Living with an illness I’ve developed a close relationship with my biology. I hold a communication and understanding of the physical movements and status of my organs most people will never encounter until their own frames are frail and failing. For the average human interoception is a simple sense, when your body says it is thirsty, hungry, itchy and so on. For me, and many others in illness it is a heavy streamline of communication and sometimes an overstimulation. I am however grateful for this communication with my biology as I grow and learn from it and it’s positive impacts. By use of biofeedback sensors I am allowing viewers the chance to have levels of interoception and a new body consciousness, the state or ability to be aware of an energy otherwise unseen. Moments of the mind, heart, muscles, and breath are brought to visualization through small robotic mechanisms that bring objects to life and allow the user to interact with the ephemeral data that is biofeedback.

Education

Bachelors of Fine Arts – Interdisciplinary Sculpture at Towson University

August 2010 – December 2013 Towson, MD

Masters of Fine Art – Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art

August 2016 – May 2018 Baltimore, MD

Rinehart School of Sculpure.
Thesis is based on biofeedback used to promote healthy mental change in meditative and artistically influenced environments.