I make performance, reality television, lecture, and installation to undermine constructs of authority. My work claims that cultural and socio-political ideas function more productively when held in contradiction to one another. I believe that valuing complexity allows one to have agency in a world that attempts to pacify difference. I do this by embodying different personas—denying simplification, which neglects the needs and nuances of diverse individuals.
My practice is rhizomatic, evidenced through the various entities through which I make work. I am half of the collaborative team, Mia+Máire. Our largest project to date is the performance of a television corporation, SoftPantsStudios, which creates SadGirlsClubTV. I perform and write under my full name, Máire Witt O’Neill. Theory and research are recycled between my lecture-performances and SGCtv, creating a circuit. These different voices—producer, tv personality, academic, artist—are mediators of thought. One point of view filters through another, testing its veracity.