O’ Connell’s two year residency at Delfina Studios London in 1988 resulted in her permanent move there until 2002. She returned to Ireland where she is now based and continues to exhibit internationally, working on commissions for both public and private locations.
She has shown at the Venice, Paris and Sao Paolo Biennales and her small sculptures were shown at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice. In 2018 her outdoor sculptures will be shown at E1027 the home designed by Eileen Grey in Cap Martin, France.
O’ Connell’s work can be found in numerous high profile locations in London ( Canary Wharf ) Cardiff, Newcastle, Bristol, Wolverhampton, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Dublin, Belfast, Dundalk, Mallow and Cork.
Other privately commissioned works can be seen at Lismore Castle in Ireland, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chatsworth, Antony House in England and private gardens in France and Spain.
She is a founder director of the National Sculpture Factory in Cork, a former member of the Arts Council of Ireland, a member of Aosdána, a member of the R.H.A. and a fellow of the RSS, London.
She is represented by Pangolin London and Solomon Fine Art in Dublin.