Artist Statement

A small, simple house (5.5ʼx5.5ʼx7ʼ) made from pallet wood. The house will feature on open doorway, a small open window, skylights, and a small bench. A swarm of handmade, metal butterflies, starting six feet from the house, will fly into, through, and around the house. The inside upper walls and ceiling will also be covered with handmade butterflies. From the bench, visitors can turn a metal wheel which causes the butterflies above them to move; reflecting light,creating sound and suggesting calm.


Artist Bio

Dorothy O’Connor graduated with degrees in Literature and Studio Arts. Her photographs and installations feature thoughtfully composed and hand-crafted scenes which combine elements of still-life, portraiture, landscape and performance to produce unique and evocative works of art. She has received grants from Possible Futures, FLUX and the Forward Arts Foundation to present her installations as public art. The lasting element of her installations, her photographs, have been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. In 2013, she was artist in residence at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville where she built and presented her latest installation, “Shelter.” Her most recent project was an interactive sculptural piece for Art on the Beltline 2014. Ms. O’Connor’s work is part of the permanent collections at MOCA GA, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Center for Fine Art Photography and is included in many private collections.

Craig has been a carpenter and cabinetmaker since 1997. Operating out of his home studio and woodshop, Appel works in all aspects of carpentry, from home renovation to custom-made furniture. Craig was part of Susan McCracken’s Beltline project “Kaleidoscope” from 2010, and assisted Dorothy with my 2014 Art on the Beltline project, “Tornado of Birds.”