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IN SYNC: OKC artist to feature "Relics from the Akashic Prairie" in June

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Artist Molly O'Connor stands outside The Project Box gallery in OKC's Paseo District.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Theosophist H.P. Blavatsky, in her groundbreaking book Isis Unveiled, defined “Akasha” as the source of all life, the reservoir of all energy, and the motion behind every change of matter. Akasha is also “unconditioned, undifferentiated, and infinite.”

It is, Madame Blavatsky also noted, “the eternal divine consciousness,” where thoughts, actions and emotions are encoded on the astral plane.

Pretty esoteric stuff. Yet a resonant realm for Oklahoma City-based visual artist Molly O’Connor.

Shortly after the New Year, O’Connor tapped into this non-physical plane of existence, artistically speaking, and incorporated it into her upcoming mixed-media art show – Relics from the Akashic Prairie - which will be on display throughout much of June at The Project Box in OKC's eclectic and artsy Paseo District.

PUTTING IT OUT THERE IN THE UNIVERSE

Red Dirt Report recently sat down with O’Connor at The Project Box, owned by Michigan native Lisa Allswede, as she prepared her works for her opening reception, which coincides with the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk, starting a t 6 p.m. on June 5th.

This is O’Connor’s first solo visual art show, a step away from the usual storytelling and performance art she has been known for. She studied ceramics and with her focus usually on visual arts, she has a small studio at her house.

O’Connor also has an interest in spiritual ideas, philosophy, dreams and the Jungian notion of synchronicity.

“Speaking of synchronicity,” O’Connor said, “When I made my New Year’s resolutions, one of them was to make a body of artwork – I didn’t know what it would be – and to just to do that. My New Year’s resolution was maybe for five years.”

Chuckling, O’Connor (who also goes by the nickname “Molliver”) continued, saying that two days after her resolution was made, her friend Allswede approached her, saying she was looking for an artist to feature at The Project Box for the month of June.

“I said ‘I’m your person,’” O’Connor said. “I then thought, ‘Why did I say that?’ But it was like putting it out there in the universe. So, that has been a real gift, because I definitely need a deadline and something to work towards.”

The show, O’Connor said, is “a mix of three or four different styles,” with ceramics and wood and hangings from the wall. There will also be mosaics and some paintings, which may or may not be included.

She added that the two windows at the entrance of The Project Box will feature ceramic pieces mixed with glass.

As for where the ideas come from, O'Connor shared her thoughts on that topic.

“I’ve been thinking about visceral imagery and very vivid dreams and things that flow together that give the where there’s a greater meaning or there’s a symbol or sign from somewhere else in the universe,” the artist said.

As for the “prairie” portion of her exhibit, O’Connor said she is fascinated by the wide-open spaces of the prairie, “where you can travel miles and not see a person,” as is the case in parts of her native Oklahoma and in neighboring Kansas.

AKASHIC RECORDS

“The Akashic Records are something I’ve become fascinated with,” she said, noting how the Sanskrit idea of a “Book of Life” has proven to be a serious source of inspiration.

“(This is) a book where every thought, lifetime, story, action is stored and that you can actually go look at your Akashic Records of this great book and look at your past lives or thoughts or things that may be relevant to where you are in this time. So that is interesting to me,” she said. “I feel like there is nothing in our lives that doesn’t have some meaning. Even the mundane, everyday things … they fold into the greater picture. Things that people are dealing with on an emotional level, they might connect to something else that they can’t necessarily physically see, right then and there.”

Noting that humans are “every evolved beings in a lot of ways,” O’Connor said the artwork reflects everything from repeating numbers to overheard phrases “that sort of stand out,” to images from that state of wakefulness and consciousness - that state right before we wake up.

“It’s coming together, which is exciting,” she said. “The theme of the show is almost plays into the artmaking itself where trusting in the process, trusting that this is supposed to manifest into actual, physical artwork somehow … and it will.”

Relics from the Akashic Prairie will be at The Project Box, at 3003 Paseo, with the opening reception on June 5th from 6 to 10 p.m. The exhibit concludes on June 27th. And on June 25th, at the neighboring a.k.a. Gallery, O’Connor will perform a live collaborative art project with Oklahoma City artist Clint Stone.

To learn more about Molly O’Connor’s artwork, be sure to visit her website at artbymolliver.blogspot.com.

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