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Every Beginning is a Promise

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Elayne O'Connor

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Representation of the cycle of life…

Elayne’s work is a representation of the cycle of life. Nature and life always leave evidence of their presence, and it is this aspect of leaving a trace through the passage of time that finds expression in her work. From a young age she has always had a great interest in nature and to this day, it’s still a huge influence on her thoughts and artwork.

In this modern world, we can all see how much our actions have an impact on our environment and how much of a responsibility we have on its future. Elayne’s body of work is a visual exploration of the fragility and exploitation of nature.



  • Shortlisted for The Golden Fleece Award 2010
  • Cork Arts Society – Student of The Year Award 2007/08
  • Eli Lily – Purchase Prize
  • Office of Public Works – Purchase Prize
  • UCC – Purchase Prize
  • CIT – Registrar’s Prize
  • Belmont Mills Art Studios Bursary 2009
  • Backwater Artists Group Bursary 2008/09


  • Cork Institute of technology
  • University College Cork
  • Eli Lily Cork
  • OPW
  • Cork County Council
  • St Stephen’s Psychiatric Hospital – Glanmire, Cork

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