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We Are The Sacristans

Maureen OKeefe's avatar Maureen OKeefe

My work investigates identities, labels, personas and belonging. The portrait and the figure are tools for this exploration of the tension between our perception of ourselves and how we are seen by others. The work submitted for ArtPrize will consist of seven panels, 4x4 foot each, loosely based on the seven sacraments of Catholicism. Those are: Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, Holy Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders. I was born Catholic and raised in a very traditional family and environment. As an adult, a woman, a wife, a parent, and a feminist, I find that there isn't a space for me in the church of my childhood. This work seeks to reclaim rites of passage from a culture that is at the same time deeply mine and utterly foreign. It seeks to find the sacred in a secular life. Three of seven panels complete, and two more in progress as of the time of registration. Please view video below for a short example of my process!

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inch
  • Medium: acrylic
  • Width: 34.5 feet
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 4 feet