Sara O’Connor is a nontraditional artist. Born in 1986 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sara quickly grew accustomed to embracing new experiences when she was young following her parents’ divorce, which required her to travel often. Her adventures taught her independence, the critical importance and pleasure of reading, and how to pursue a well-lived life.
She is further inspired by her grandparents’ tenacity, perseverance, and drive, values which she infuses in her work. As a young Jewish woman, her works are heavily influenced by her maternal grandmother’s and Pap-pap’s survival of concentration camps during World War II, Stutthof and Auschwitz, respectively.
Invested in critical reasoning and intellectual discovery, O’Connor practiced law for several years at an international law firm before professionally unleashing her obsessive artistry. Her former life as an attorney reaffirmed her passion for nuanced detail and a drive to create work that makes a distinct and lasting impact.
O’Connor’s work boldly modernizes classical pointillism through her innovative use of want-to-touch and want-to-taste texture. Nearly every piece she creates embodies a moment of self-reflection, an abstract portrait of her emotional state when creating, which is why she and collectors lovingly refer to these pieces in the feminine She.