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Two women taking a photo with Casey Riordan Millard's Shark Girl​​​​​​​, 2013, at Canalside Buffalo

Visitors pose with Casey Riordan Millard's Shark Girl, 2013—part of the Albright-Knox's Public Art Initiative—at Canalside Buffalo. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Location: Canalside Buffalo (Get Directions)

Shark Girl is the absurd, hilarious, and bittersweet creation of artist Casey Riordan Millard. While Shark Girl might appear sorrowful or lonely, there is also a comic element to this “fish out of water.” In Millard’s first public sculpture, Shark Girl patiently waits, legs daintily crossed, hands folded, for a companion to join her.

Appearing in nearly all of Millard’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures, Shark Girl was originally conceived as the artist reflected upon the existential conundrums of life, love, family, and loss. Shark Girl can be seen as Millard’s diversionary tactic or as her mechanism for confronting the challenges of contemporary life.

Shark Girl’s yearnings and desires for normalcy and acceptance trigger equal parts laughter and empathy. The boulder upon which she sits gives viewers an opportunity to bring the work to life by taking a seat and initiating a friendship—or taking a photo—with this bizarre half-shark, half-girl.

About Casey Riordan Millard

Casey Riordan Millard (American, born 1973) earned her BFA from Ohio University in 1994. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the University of Cincinnati, and Ohio University. Visit Casey Riordan Millard’s Website

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The Public Art Initiative is supported by the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.

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