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Thursday 18 September 2014

Art angel on a mission to be bring art to the masses

Published 17/08/2014 | 00:00

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Heavenly creature: Artist Rachel Kiernan, wearing a giant set of wings she made from recycled wooden pallets, will perform at this year's Electric Picnic

AN artist is on a one-woman mission to make art more accessible to the masses.

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Rachel Kiernan works across a range of diverse mediums, from paintings and photography, video art and sculpture, but one common thread unifies 
all of her passions - each piece has an interactive element that requires the spectator to engage directly with the art.

Rachel, whos work will feature at Electric Picnic next month, told the Sunday Independent: "I want people to feel as if they have a part to play in the work, to engage with it and transform it into something of their own.

"I like to awaken people's own creativity, rather than them just looking at something in a very cold manner and weighing it up, deciding whether it is good or bad."

After a decade living in Dublin, Rachel recently moved back to her native 
Co. Kildare, where her work will feature at this year's Kilcullen River festival, which takes place next Sunday, August 24. The festival will host two of Rachel's larger sculptures, including a 1930s George Méliès-inspired crescent moon structure, on which people can sit , and a giant set of wings, made from recycled wooden pallets. "The River Festival has become a huge event and I'm delighted to be a part of it this year," Rachel said.

By day, Rachel is an art instructor at the Eve Estuary Centre in Swords, Co. Dublin, where she works with adults with learning difficulties. "I love my job, the people who I work with have a very special and interesting perspective on the world and it is very inspirational," she said.

Kilcullen's fifth Annual River Festival will take place next Sunday from 12pm. Attractions will include a farmers market, craft and local restaurant stalls, street performers, a reptile zoo, a river obstacle course run by members of the Defence Forces, a water raft race and the annual duck race.

For more on the Kilcullen River Festival, see facebook.com/KilcullenRiverFestival

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