Méadhbh O’Connor (Dublin, Ireland)   The Aspen Tree



A work of prose poetry written, spoken and edited by Méadhbh O’Connor in 2020. The work explores mortality as a shared phenomenon, temporality in nature, and landscape as an empathic and bodily experience. The work was made during the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic and is part of a series of short vignettes by the artist set in mountain scenes.



Méadhbh O’Connor (‘Maeve,’ b.1984, Dublin) is a visual artist who works across sculptural and multimedia installation, drawing, photography and the spoken word. In her work she collides the poetic and the analytic, the spiritual and the technological, the expressive and the restrained, the natural and the engineered; in an effort to find parallels amongst these different registers. She has a deep affinity with science and has spent many years working in tandem with scientists. She is currently Artist in Residence with the Advanced Nanoscale Engineering Group in the Department of Materials, University of Oxford. She has shown in many exhibitions, for example the 57th Venice Biennale of Art, Italy; at the Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin, Germany and The Earth Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland. She is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland. www.meadhbhoconnor.info