Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Kate MccGwire

London based sculptor Kate MccGwire's feather sculptures appear active as they wind, writhe and emerge, yet they are mostly large frozen shapes created from thousands of bird feathers (which are collected and sent from farmers and pigeon racers) creating sensual, graceful and organic looking pieces. However there is also a sharpness to her work, an edge which creates an almost menacing feel due to its real vs unreal, abstract nature.

'i gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate, question, duplicate, play and photograph.' - Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire's practice probes the beauty inherent in duality, exploring the play of opposites - at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level - that characterises the way we conceive the world. She does this by appealing to our essential duality as human beings, to our senses and our reason, and by drawing on materials capable of embodying a dichotomous way of seeing, feeling and thinking. The finished work has a consistent 'otherness' to it that places it beyond our experience of the world, poised on a threshold between the parameters that define everyday reality. http://www.katemccgwire.com/index.php?pid=60  


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