Maker and role
Artist: Madeline O'Connor, American, 1931-2002
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each, 18 x 18 x 3in (45.7 x 45.7 x 7.6cm)
In repeating geometric forms, O'Connor treats the negative space (white wall) with the same importance as the object (black shaped canvases). Six inches separates each canvas vertically and horizontally, creating a dependent relationship between object and void, black and white.
A south Texas native, O'Connor drew inspiration from the coastal marshland around Refugio. Recalling a childhood practice of collecting and classifying species in jars, Cross/Plus balances a devout reverence for nature with the reduction of forms to their core.