Multifaceted Woman, 2020

The McNay welcomes San Antonio-based artist Kelly O’Connor, creator of the ninth monumental installation in the AT&T Lobby. O’Connor’s wall presents a fanciful façade like ones found at Disneyland, a destination the artist visited in 2005 with a grant to study extreme examples of artificial landscapes. Multifaceted Woman stems from the artist’s longstanding interest in theme parks, and what she perceives as our culture’s expanding preoccupation with fleeting, artificial happiness.

Wizard of Oz or Alice from Alice in Wonderland, populating real or imagined sites sourced from American visual culture of the 1950s and 60s. Her work aims to pull back the curtain on the idyllic, artificial stereotypes that have been presented in popular culture for decades.

Commissioned by the McNay Museum of Art, this site specific installation explores deeper truths behind American. idealism. The original work, a multimedia collage was then photographed at a high resolution, enlarged to twice its size and digitally printed on 3M matte vinyl.

Detail of left panel

Detail of middle panel

Detail of right panel

Multifaceted Woman 2020. Site specific commission at McNay Art Museum.

Multifaceted Woman 2020. Site specific commission at McNay Art Museum.