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'5th Wheel Element Project'

Kathy O'Leary

O’Leary employs a variety of art forms, practices and techniques to invite more comprehensive audience participation, as is befitting participatory practice. There is no room for passive viewing in ‘5th Wheel Element Project.’ The title is important, the idea of the 5th wheel points to the complicated extra dimension. Four wheels are necessary for balance and movement and what of the fifth? Yet the idea of five elements ties into psychology’s ‘Big Five personality traits,’ as highlighted by O’Leary; openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. It can also refer to the five senses – touch, smell, sight, taste and hearing – again crucial to the participatory experience of Kathy O’Leary’s work. 
Her thought provoking piece ‘Clogging Cogs’ is an ingenious found object, wall installation that uses a circular network of industrial cogs that are moved when an audience member pushes the wheel to set the cogs in motion to create this interactive wall installation.
Kathy O'Leary completed her M.A. Art in the Contemporary World, N.C.A.D. Dublin Ireland ('13), and a *B.F.A. (Hons.), Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland ('05).
She took part in Pathways to Practice Symposium, with the Glucksman Gallery, UCC, the Fire-Station Artist Studios, Dublin and A.D.I. ('13).
Residencies include Locis.eu ('13) and Well Beings ('12).
Kathy has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally including her recent solo show at Pallas Projects/Studios ('13) and 'Open Book | Leabhar Oscailte', at The Working Artists Studios/Gallery, Cork ('12).

As an artist Kathys' works are multidisciplinary. She has exhibited at 'Second Sait', Locis.eu Residency, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, ('13). Culture Night Screening with MART's 'We Wear Short Shorts' Dublin and Riverside Studios – The Irish Film Festival London, ('13). Invited selection 183rd RHA Annual Exhibition, ('13). ‘The Peace Project’ with The Whole 9, USA ('14/'12/'11). KRF:1 Artist Notebook Project, Droichead Arts Centre and Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare ('13). She has also exhibited at Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, Tower Museum Derry City Council Heritage and Museum Exhibition, ADF Gallery Belfast, CityBase, Newcastle City Centre, UK. Her work was shown during the OPEN CALL, ‘Impossible Exchange’, PS1, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK ('09) and The Model Gallery, Sligo, ('05).
She took part in a mentoring program at Fire-Station Artist Studios, Dublin and ADI, ('11).

Her work has been reviewed by Marianne O'Kane Boal, Art and Architecture Critic ('13), Susan Edward Hobbs, Artist, Curator and Writer, ('13) and by Carol Gilbert Artist and Writer, published in The Southern Star, West Cork, ('12).

She has work held in both private/public collections.
For more information contact 5thwheelementproject@gmail.com