Presented with Kilkenny Arts Festival

10 August - 10 November


Presented with Kilkenny Arts Festival 10 August - 10 November

Max Brosi (Woodturning) / Joe Caslin (Street art/Illustration) / Julie Connellan (Jewellery) / Hazel Kenny (Jewellery) / Daithi Magner (Sculpture) / Paul McClure (Jewellery) / Caoimhe McGuckin (Jewellery) / John Rainey (Ceramics/Sculpture) / Niall Sweeney & Nigel Truswell – Pony (Design/Graphics) / Brigitta Varadi (Textile Art)

“Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfilment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living”. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

With a growing awareness of the relationship between artistic activity and well-being, this thought-provoking exhibition takes a psychoanalytic approach and presents works by established and emerging practitioners, engaged in applied art, design and visual art.  Through and across different disciplines, including ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, textiles and woodwork, it investigates the transference channels of the creative process — from the maker, to the object, to the audience — and how these can go far deeper than fostering a simple appreciation of aesthetic quality, function or finish reflecting many dialectical tensions. These works are representations of the private self; they show how, by embracing our human paradoxes — playfulness and control, tenacity and insecurity, reality and fantasy, intensity and openness, wisdom and childishness, introvert to extrovert — artists tap into the deep recesses of the human mind and are hard wired to create but in our fast-paced, consumer society, can this be therapeutic process for the maker and/or public?

Threshold is curated by Fiona Mulholland.

Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals. If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it's complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an "individual," each of them is a "multitude." Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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