Pauline O’Connell was born in 1971 in Kilkenny, Ireland. She studied Fine Art sculpture and mixed media at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology graduating in 1992. She was awarded a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Art and Design entitled Social Practice and The Creative Environment at Limerick School of Art and Design in 2012.
She has undertaken numerous public art projects in Ireland and in Europe; “Four Roads to Glenamaddy – The Cake Dance” Roscommon 1995, “100 Years of Austrian Cinema” Vienna 1996, “The Orchard” Waterford 1999, “Link” Sculpture at Kells, part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival 1999, “Regeneration” Sligo 2000, “The Plain of Silver Wood” Kilkenny 2003 and in 2012 her first use of the medium of film when she documented the remembered history in relation to a water spout in Milltown, Co. Kerry entitled “Drawing The Water”. She was invited to partake in the international “Waterwheel Symposium” in Tunisia in 2012. Exhibiting at “Fis” in Liverpool during The Capital of Culture in 2008, The Crawford Gallery, Cork in 2005 curated by Mick Wilson, Fran Hegarty and Iwona Blazwick, “AART” in The Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, The Linenhall Arts Center, Mayo, “Delicate Tissue” in M.Y. Arts Prospects in New York and at L’ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Her pedagogical experience extends from primary level to third level at DLIADT and St. Patrick’s College. She has initiated many art projects in The National Maternity Hospital, Sculpture in Context, Random Access and she curated the artist’ masterclass programme for the Fire Station Artists Studios in Dublin from 1996 – 2011. Her writing has been widely published in Ireland through VAI magazine and Circa.