Alwyn O’Brien

Hold My Hand and We’ll Swab the Decks One Last Time, 2012, Porcelain with Glaze. 14½” x 21½” x14 ¼” (detail). Collection of the Seattle Art Museum.


Alwyn O’Brien studied at Capilano College, in Vancouver, Sheridan College of Ontario, the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, receiving her BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She received her MFA in 2010 from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her work is featured in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, the Surrey Art Gallery, and the Mackenzie Art Gallery. Her work is marked by her extensive knowledge of the history of decorative artists and a passion for the Baroque, O’Brien’s objects dissect the definition of the vessel through her use of lacey hand rolled coils used in a deliberate yet chaotic way to construct volume and shape. Pinching, rolling and fingerprints show signs of the hand and connect the material to body.
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