Education: BFA, 2017, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia; MFA, 2019, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; MS, 2021, The University of Illinois at Chicago, IL; Exhibitions: Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; The Plant, Chicago; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; The Fountain House, New York; Brick Lane Gallery, London. Awards: AHS Achievement Award, University of Illinois at Chicago; Lightbox Performance Space Residency, Detroit.
To trace the origins of her madness, O’Neill channels her lifelong passion for archiving into a creative practice based on memory, research, and translation. Using her invented movement system Symptom Notation, O’Neill pulls from Labanotation’s sign methodology, kinesthetics, and her lived experiences as a Mad child and woman to create videos and performances that articulate negotiations of visibility, the mental as physical, and the paranormal as crip metaphor. She queers space/time through crafted environments of multimodal seating, projection, and layers of material, to elicit a spoken curation of fractured poetry, statistics, and memoir. O’Neill aims to capture the complex and ephemeral peculiarities of madness to critically destabilize the rapid, compulsory able-bodied/minded mythologizing of hidden disabilities.
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