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Eileen O'Donnell is a ceramic sculptor living in Baltimore, Maryland. She studied art and English literature at Saint Joseph's University (B.A. 1995) and received a B.F.A. in Three Dimensional Fine Art from Moore College of Art and Design in 2000. Eileen has always been fascinated with the art and mythology of ancient cultures. She explores the themes of the mystery of life and death, fertility and nature in her work, and feels a connection to the artists from so long ago who struggled with the same questions. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions and juried shows. In 2010 she was selected as the Louisiana ArtWorks NOLA artist in residence. She is currently part of the Springboard Artists group at the Baltimore Clayworks.
Growing up in a devout Catholic family, I learned the importance of ritual. I could understand how beautiful objects and cathedrals were made to honor and house our beliefs, emotions and mysteries. As I grew older and ventured beyond my small corner of the world, my traditional beliefs fell away, and for a time I was left struggling "to make sense of it all." I studied religions and cultures from all over the world, past and present. I felt myself most connected to the ancient cultures, and to those who had been called "primitive peoples."
The sculptures I make are my personal response to living in a sublime mystery. At the same time, my story is not unique. For me, "art" is sharing what I find beautiful about the world, and in that way affirming our humanity and creating meaning.