I used my time in Marwen’s studio to focus on a series of large-scale drawings in graphite on watercolor paper. In the end I made a series of paired drawings: 5 landscapes that the Israeli Military has named weapons after and 5 very small drawings of the weapons themselves. This aim of this project was to highlight the disconnect I see between the beauty of these landscapes (a few of which are sites of religious significance) and the horrifying/destructive capabilities of the weapons named for these sites.
5 graphite drawings on cold press watercolor paper, 42″ x 80.” 5 graphite drawings on acid-free drawing paper, 4.5″ x 4.5.” 2017.
Liam created this work during their time as one of four 2017 Marwen Teaching Artist Residents. A program designed to:
To support the art practices of committed Marwen Teaching Artists.
To provide studio space & equipment use to Marwen TA’s outside program hours.
To expose the Marwen community to the studio practices and work of our Teaching Artists.
To provide exhibition opportunities for Marwen Teaching Artists.
Liam Ze’ev O’Connor is a Chicago-based artist and educator. Liam grew up on a small suburban island near San Francisco, and received a BA from Lewis & Clark College and a MFA in Sculpture + Expanded Practice from The Ohio State University. Through sculpture, video, and photo-based installation, Liam’s work explores the complexity of American-Jewish identity, the Israel/Palestine conflict, and how we can access the divine through digital media.