Sculptor Kate MacDowell is the creator of beautiful porcelain art, which unveils a macabre twist on second sight. You will find a human skull carved into a rabbit, a frog carrying a human fetus, or little canaries inhabiting human lungs. Kate’s pieces are realistically sculptured, yet surreal, for they combine discordant aspects, and in doing so they explore the relationship between man and nature.
The Portland-based artist claims in her statement as follows:
“In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world. In others, animals take on anthropomorphic qualities when they are given safety equipment to attempt to protect them from man-made environmental threats. In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices.” Kate MacDowell
Here’s a selection of her works:
“The god of change”
Just look at the transculence of the porcelain when illuminated!
(All credit for the pictures goes to the artist.)
Kate MacDowell’s work is for sale at galleries both in the US and Europe. View her full portfolio, statement and resume on her website, which also keeps you updated on current and upcoming exhibitions. She is also on Facebook.
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