Maire Witt O'Neill
BFA, 2009, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore; MFA, 2017, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Recent Exhibitions: Anthology Film Archives, New York; Goldfinch Gallery, Illinois; American Medium Gallery, New York; Lithium Gallery, Illinois; Links Hall, Illinois; INVERSE Performance Festival, Alaska; Mana Contemporary, New Jersey; High Tide, Pennsylvania; Vox Populi, Pennsylvania; Defibrillator, Illinois; The Nightingale, Illinois; Latitude, Illinois; DEMO Project, Illinois. Publications: Public Parking; AQNB; ACRE Magazine: Femina Issue.
I make performance, reality television, lecture, and installation to undermine constructs of a broadly defined "authority"—seeking stability in groundlessness. My work is often not what it seems and exactly what it seems simultaneously—its purported genre or context (performance, lecture, reality tv, etc.) becomes the trampoline that ideas are bounced off of, but in the process, gravity flips and the trampoline begins bouncing off of the ideas.
I am also one half of the collaborative duo, Mia+Máire. Our largest project to date is the performance of a television corporation, SoftPantsStudios, which creates Sad Girls Club TV and the new Mad Girls aka MAGGOTS Club TV. Theory and research cycle through my solo work and Mia+Máire, creating a circuit—further testing ideas and perspectives by prioritizing collaboration and resisting the singular authoritarian perspective.
In teaching, I believe that facilitating a class culture that encourages challenging and supportive discussion is crucial. I strive to bring my passion and respect to class with me in order to inspire others to do the same.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.