19 July 2011

The Porcelain of Kate MacDowell

Kate MacDowell is able, through her work, to show the deep conflict between our legacy with nature and the impact our ways of living have on the environment. It allows you to think how mankind, through all history, has always been bound to animals and plants not only for survival but in a spiritual way and how that bond is being thrown away by consumerism.

"I hand sculpt each piece out of porcelain, often building a solid form and then hollowing it out. 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. I chose porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture. It highlights both the impermanence and fragility of natural forms in a dying ecosystem, while paradoxically, being a material that can last for thousands of years and is historically associated with high status and value. I see each piece as a captured and preserved specimen, a painstaking record of endangered natural forms and a commentary on our own culpability." - Kate MacDowell

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