"In Piper O’Neill’s works, there is a lot going on, but there is a consistent language and cohesion to it all. The ubiquitous female figures and the use of stitching and pattern paper as part of her works will instantly attract the use of words like “feminist” and “feminine,” which can be off-putting to many people—thereby proving why we need distinctly female voices in art as much as ever. I have known O’Neill’s work for a little over a year now, and when I am asked by others to describe it, I always lead with the phrase, “She has a very strong anima.” In doing so, I am not trying to be grandiloquent; I am avoiding the feminist/feminine labels because I find them unsuitable. The energy behind these works is feminine, certainly, but of a universal nature. Piper’s female figures are girlish in stature, but they are worldly—perhaps even world-weary. We find in them a fusion of Maiden and Crone, figures that are archetypal and dwell in all humans alongside the other primal life forms that inhabit O’Neill’s world—insects, plants, and serpents."
by T.s. Flock, Subterfuge Seattle
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