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"Shark Girl"

Canalside, Buffalo, NY
By Casey Riordan Millard

Casey Riordan Millard (American, born 1973).
Shark Girl, 2013.
Painted fiberglass.
Public Art Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Casey Riordan Millard earned her BFA from Ohio University in 1994. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the University of Cincinnati, and Ohio University.

This work is part of the Public Art Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and a product of the Public Art Initiative, an innovative partnership between the Albright-Knox and Erie County established in 2013 to enhance our shared sense of place and cultural identity in the urban and suburban landscapes of Western New York. The city of Buffalo joined the partnership in 2014.

Appearing in nearly all of Millard’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures, Shark Girl was originally conceived as the artist reflected upon the existential conundrums of life, love, family, and loss. Shark Girl can be seen as Millard’s diversionary tactic or as her mechanism for confronting the challenges of contemporary life.
Shark Girl’s yearnings and desires for normalcy and acceptance trigger equal parts laughter and empathy.

- Source: Albright-Knox Art Gallery (online Jan. 2015)
2014 Photos



Red slippers of Dorothy from "Wizard of Oz,"  the body of Alice from "Alice in Wonderland," and the head of a shark


















 2015 Photo






Photos and their arrangement 2014, 2015 Chuck LaChiusa
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