visual arts program

Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts 2023

sidony o’neal


sidony o'neal, (left to right) "U+220E 0," 2023. Inkjet, graphite, heat sink on uda gami, artist’s frame made of albizia, 42 x 25 x 27 centimeters, framed; "SHMIN FÆRMÉ ENDAN LISOGENI/POST QUANT SECURITY WON’T SAVE US," 2022. Silicone putty, Dimension variable

sidony o’neal is a conceptual artist and writer whose rigorous and thoughtful research informs the development of their artworks. 

Focusing on post-digital and synthetic methods of making, o’neal works with ideas and techniques found in translation, mathematics, and computing. Their engagement with fabricators and other industrial workstreams to realize works challenges regional conversations on the production of contemporary art, including connections to histories of craft, the athletic industry, and aligned creative commerce associated with the Pacific Northwest.

Says o’neal: “I am especially interested in connections between the development of mathematics/math systems and the shifting relationships to earth systems, inheritance, and domination that have shaped interface experiences bound to human time. I consider research to be a vital material in the realization of works.”

o’neal’s work has been presented with Veronica Project Space, Seattle, WA; SculptureCenter, New York, and Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR, among other venues. Performances as a part of non-band DT have been presented with Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Volksbühne Berlin, and Performance Space New York. o’neal is a co-founder of INFANT design company. ENCHIRIDION: aisle, spline, resort, o’neal’s first major solo exhibition in North America, was presented at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in 2022. The following year, exhibitions at NADA New York, and at Dracula’s Revenge, New York, were reviewed by the New York Times. o’neal is a 2022-2023 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.