MFA Thesis - University of Waterloo

The exhibition, Restrictions of Routine, consists of a series of paintings inspired by a co-dependent relationship I have with running and painting. Through the gestural application of paint combined with clear references to objects and architecture, the work becomes a visual journey through a known and familiar place. The perspective and vantage points vary from piece to piece, ranging from close-cropped compositions to wide-angled landscapes exaggerating the disorientation experienced while running. The images are in direct response to the non-fixed perspective of a runner in a state of heightened awareness; my perspective is not that of a stationary observer. Reactions are amplified when running through a contested space, where uneven footing, intersections and hidden driveways are a persistent hazard.

O'Neill, Eryn "Restrictions of Routine, 2018