Using found imagery from pre‚Äźdigital books and magazines, Lillian O’Neil makes collages describing the human condition. Her works short-circuit visual information, with bodies taking on peculiar hybrid characteristics, surfaces merging with print textures, and the junctures between body, architecture, day, night, earth and sky all disintegrating. The reduction of colour and the muted tones in the collages ‘make tangible lapses of time’ as they weave together fragments of the past to form new scenarios and narratives.

—José Da Silva

Lillian O’Neil (b. 1985, Naarm/Melbourne, l. Wadawarrung/Torquay) was awarded the 2021 Bowness Photography Prize at Monash Gallery of Art. O'Neil completed a Master of Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney in 2012. In 2020, she commenced a Doctor of Philosophy at RMIT, Melbourne.


Key exhibitions:


Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
BresicWhitney Collection, Sydney
Sir Elton John Collection, UK
Monash Gallery of Art/Museum of Australian Photography, Melbourne
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


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