Collage techniques have been around for thousands of years. The artistic movements of cubism, dada and surrealism adopted the collage technique, making it an integral part of modern art.
O'Leary was influenced by the work of Jess Collins, whose collages inspired the artist to abandon all other forms of art and devote herself to collage.
O'Leary takes original engravings from old books and creates intricate and bizarre landscapes woven from pieces of paper. Her work combines modern and classical, weaving together traditional images in an inventive and innovative way to explore the relationship between the natural and human world.