Beyond words: OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS exhibition, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

Some of my very best moments are when the words stop.

Sonja Landweer, OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

Large inverted Ovoid, Sonja Landweer, OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS, National Craft Centre, KIlkenny

I am a word nerd. I sometimes feels my whole brain reverberates, resonates with the sound and feel of words. Spoken words, written words, read words, heard words. My work is words. My thoughts are words. My dreams are often words.

Some of my very best moments are when the words stop. When something takes me beyond the chatter.

Structure 2, Frances Lambe, OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

Structure 2, Frances Lambe, OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

Usually that happens when I am alone, in nature, in wild places.

Today it happened in an exceptional exhibition.

OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS  is based on selected pairings of poets and makers. Poems and artworks.  A weaver of words paired and a weaver of willow, a potter and a poet.

Part of a Decorative Art by Gerard Smyth

Part of A Decorative Art by Gerard Smyth

Locked behind its shutter, Angela O'Kelly. OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

Locked behind its shutter, Angela O’Kelly. OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

Beautiful artworks becoming  greater. Deep, resonant, illuminating relationships.

Curation and display as an art, a creation of beauty and meaning in itself.

Consummate skill.

Joe Hogan, OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

Joe Hogan, OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

 

Last Night's Moon, Anne Michaels, OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

Last Night’s Moon, Anne Michaels, OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

Poems are as far beyond words as bone, peat, clay and willow.

part of To A Dutch Potter in

Part of To A Dutch Potter in Ireland by Seamus Heaney

Opening Form, Sonja Landweer, OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

Opening Form, Sonja Landweer, OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS

I have things to say about this exhibition. There will be (at least) another blog. Soon. For now, just look. Let’s leave the analysis, the words, for later.

OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS is a co-production between the National Craft Gallery, Poetry Ireland and Solstice Art Centre. It is in Kilkenny until 16 January and at the Solstice Art Gallery, Navan from 9 February until 6 April.

Go see it.

 

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