Kate Macdowell

Cautionary Tales In Porcelain

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The porcelain sculptures of Kate Macdowell are simply mesmerizing. I’ve only recently discovered her work, but I can tell you that many of her pieces resonate with me on a very deep level. Perhaps it’s her use of archetypes as the subject matter for communicating the ideology behind her work. She says, “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.” Then again, as I read her statement once more, perhaps it’s the message itself that draws me in, since much of my own work is of a similar commentary. Regardless, her work is a beautiful marriage of bold, and perhaps controversial, ideals and absolutely superb workmanship and technique. The intricacies of the pieces, whether the texture in the fur of a rabbit or the tiny details carved in bone and feathers, draws our attention in and around each piece, as if we are somehow looking through them, rather than merely looking at them. There’s a respect for the process and the medium that is evident in the way she describes them: “Smaller forms are built petal by petal, branch by branch and allow me the chance to get immersed in close study of the structure of a blossom or a bee.”

 

Kate Macdowell

Kate Macdowell

Kate Macdowell

Kate Macdowell

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