Artist StatementI make ritual objects for an imagined and long since vanished civilization. It is through this creative construct that I am able to connect to the humanity in myself and others in the real world. The objects I produce for this imagined world are made with the understanding that my story is not unique, and none of us is so different from the last that we cannot relate to each other. My job as the artist is to create images and forms that honor our shared experiences, elicit compassion, and move the viewer to contemplation.
Eileen O’Donnell has lived in a floathouse on a river in Oregon, in New Orleans for eight years, and in cars and sometimes wagons while travelling the United States. She has survived hurricanes, floods and fire, and cannot explain her good luck, but suspects that true love and the dread Pirate Roberts had something to do with it. Her personal hero is Jacques Cousteau. She has worked as a cinematographer on independent films, is an avid rock climber, and enjoys playing Irish folk music on her guitar. She currently lives in Baltimore.
Eileen has always been fascinated with the art and mythology ancient cultures. She draws inspiration for her clay sculptures and vessels from the art of the Greeks and Romans as well the Mayans, Egyptians, and Pacific Islanders. She explores the themes of the mystery of life and death, fertility and nature in her work, and feels a connection to the artists from so long ago who struggled with the same questions.