The artist Wassilly Kandinsky stated that the form taken by art is dependent on the epoch, the nationality and the personality of the artist. O’Flynn feels the impact of these forces on her own work and thought processes.
Currently, O’Flynn’s art provides commentary on political and social issues, ranging from the specific to the universal. She is also inspired by great artists and works of the past—E. Munch; W.B Yeats’ poem "The Second Coming"; the apocalyptic imagery of W. Blake and H. Bosch; and the disquiet of G. De Chirico and K. Kollwitz, just to name a few.
This exhibition has given her the opportunity to take visual content from original works and play with its physical aesthetic form, while still retaining a link to the original content. The flexibility of the digital medium, particularly the ability to easily "undo" actions, makes it a powerful tool in the artists' box that encourages exploration.
Valerie O'Flynn was born in 1960 in London, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1983 and a Bachelor of Education in 1984. O'Flynn has exhibited across Southwestern Ontario and won three Jury awards in her career as a visual artist. At the Stratford Northwestern Secondary School, she is head of the Arts faculty and teaches Visual Arts and Media Arts classes. O'Flynn has been an active member of Gallery 96 since 1993.