Curve to Point is a work that plays with historical and contemporary notions of formalism. The notions of opposition and consolidation are central to Curve to Point. It is an object that vacillates between the mathematic and scientific, natural and symbolic so as to achieve a harmonious balance between object and environment. Curve to Point is constructed from a curved plane manipulated in space to form a vortex. It wraps around itself and narrows as it is drawn out into an apex. Its naturalistic form is also said to represent a spiral in reverse. Mathematically, spirals are defined as curves that originate from a central point. They are naturally occurring phenomena found in seashells, plants such as sunflowers and ferns and in weather systems. Symbolically, the spiral’s shape implies the potential to unfurl interminably, which is considered analogous with eternal life and infinity.
The existence of man–made spirals dates back to Celtic Mazes, prehistoric drawings composed of spiral patterns. These drawings are found on walls throughout Ireland and other ancient Celtic lands and are thought to have been associated with femininity and a balance between inner and outer consciousness. Evidence of the triple spiral, can be found at the Newgrange megalith that O’Connell visited frequently as a child. It is an image thought to have represented the notion that life moved in eternal circles, with central tenets of birth, death and rebirth or man, woman and child.