The American poet Robert Creeley speaking of a collaboration with the artist Francesco Clemente commented that “any person reading what I have written and seeing what he’s made is moving between two emotional fields”.
That sense of moving between emotional fields or crossing boundaries, is something I hope has been achieved in the project that brought craft artist and jewellery designer Angela O’Kelly and I together for Out of the Marvellous, an exhibition that has just opened at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny.
It was hard to imagine what the result might be when we had our first exploratory conversation early in the year. We were each aware of the other’s work but had no idea how they might connect.
The invitation to participate in this union of poetry and craft came with a challenging though open brief that called for the exhibition work to be “an experience in which the audience member becomes enveloped and the senses are engaged”.