This thought-provoking exhibition represents the ‘emotional geography’ of the makers, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression, with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination. A common thread throughout is the artists’ preoccupation with making the invisible visible, and a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials.
From amputated limb jewellery by Hazel Kenny to wearable measurement systems of Caoimhe McGuckin; ‘voluptuously illustrated’ silk scarfs by Pony Ltd., to Rorschach inkblot textiles of Brigitta Varadi; derelict angel houses constructed using found materials by Daithi Magner, to artefacts that suggest new ways of representing the self of Max Brosi and John Rainey, Crowded Thresholds is an intriguing group exhibition of established and emerging practitioners, working across different disciplines in applied art, design and visual art. As part of the exhibition, renowned illustrator Joe Cashin is producing a new installation reflecting creativity in Kilkenny, which will be installed in a prominent location within the city centre.
Crowded Thresholds, curated by Fiona Mulholland, explores effects of the subconscious in the creation and response to objects of material culture. Reflecting on what Freud termed ‘The Uncanny’, the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, the curator is interested in how psychoanalytic concepts overlap with the creative process. Bringing together a disparate set of influences from popular culture to the avant-garde; surrealism to realism; social cultural issues to the body at a microscopic level, the exhibition ultimately embraces our humanity.