Mira O'Brien (b. 1982) is an American born artist based in Berlin. O'Brien has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from UCLA Los Angeles, California (2004) and she graduated from Yale University New Haven, Connecticut with a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in 2008.
O'Brien attempts to expose the threat of fragility as a kind of delicate aggression, through a practice of multidisciplinary work. This is not the aggression of direct conflict, but a more reflexive and insidious kind of destruction. A force already put into play by the inherent instability of solid states and structures, as one perceives and experiences them. She seeks the in between spaces that undermine the assuredness of solidity, and facilitate a shift in focus from solid forms to their shadows, reflections and traces.
Selected solo exhibitions include: The Spoils of Transparency at General Public, Berlin (2013), Brittle Thicket at Vierter Stock Galerie, Berlin, Germany, (2010); When Breaking a Current solo performance and installation in conjunction with: "Spurlose Bahnen: Theorie, Kunst, Party," Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Germany, (2009) and Landfall Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CA, (2006).
O'Brien's most recent selected group exhibitions to date were at the On Looking group show curated by Daniel Kingery, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY (2013); Über das geistige in der Kunst curated by Johannes Rodenacker, Poseidon Projekte, Berlin, Germany (2013); Die Letze Metro Galerie Metro, Berlin (2012); Gift Shop Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin (2012); O Fortuna curated by Jessica Gisbert and Laurent Pellissier, Berlin (2012) and No Illusion curated by Yujin Lee, Kreuzberg Pavillon in Kassel (side program of Documenta), Kassel, Germany (2012).