Touched with Fire: Behind the Curtain Drawing by Elisif Bruun.

Touched with Fire: Behind the Curtain

Art Gallery, Arts & Humanities Hall, CCBC Essex
7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore MD, 21237
October 5 - November 20, 2015

The theme draws its name from the groundbreaking 1996 book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, by renowned psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison. The same driving discomfort leading to substance misuse and desperate behaviors also may yield extraordinary creativity: grand gifts to the rest of us born of incomparable urgency. Touched with Fire: Behind the Curtain presents uplifting and life-affirming art alongside words and journal entries that reveal a harrowing darkness: how to reconcile these two internal forces?

Artists featured in the exhibition include Elisif Bruun, Emily Ruggles Holman, Christopher Kojzar, Jonathan P. Maser, and Rob Waalkes.


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