O’Brien’s studies include a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, plus a year at the University of Colorado, USA. She lives and works in Ottawa and is an active member of the arts community through the Blink Collective, 260 Fingers, teaching in local community centres and at The Perley and Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre. O’Brien is recognized by her peers through Creation Grants (City of Ottawa) and a Mid-Career Artist Award (Ottawa Arts Council). She has participated in numerous artist residencies including Medalta, Alberta; Vallauris, France; TANKS Arts Centre, Australia; Watershed, United States, and this year at Ayatana Artists’ Research Program and CPAWS-OV Dumoine River Art Camp both in Quebec.
O’Brien’s work is in the collection of the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, the Canada Council Art Bank and the City of Ottawa. Sculptural work is a tactile conversation moving around the piece following the lines and planes, changing with every interaction. This conversation imbues the form within the sculpture or the exterior space that the sculpture inhabits. Fun, to think the conversation is changing in every movement made by maker and viewer alike.