Maureen O’Connor is a fine art photographer living in Toronto and is a graduate of Ontario College of Art & Design University. Her interest in cultural evidence is expressed through photographing industrial architecture and domestic landscape as transformative spaces. Continuing her work with transitional spaces, O’Connor journeys through exploring the idea of “Threshold”. Introducing animals as representational figures or archetypes, she explores divergent narratives in our experience of time and memory. Her large scale landscapes are dramatic, transitory narratives commenting on beauty and fragility where a new dialogue can emerge.
O’Connor is committed to the traditional photographic process using film and chemistry-based printing. O’Connor is a life-long animal lover, the images in the Threshold series are produced with the cooperation of local animal handlers and zoos. The animals are brought to the interior locations and photographed onsite in the abandoned dwellings.
In 2014, O’Connor was awarded a Canada Arts Council grant as well as being awarded The Best Photography Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.