Monday 21st August 2017

Kate MccGwire

“I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate, question, duplicate, play and photograph” – Kate MccGwire

London-based artist Kate MccGwire is the genius behind these incredible feather sculptures. What appears to be increidible frozen moments of time the shapes are sensual and dark at the same time. These labor intensive structures are free-flowing and imposing, almost creature like, and they remind me of slithering and writhing creatures. They evoke an unsettling curiosity – yet are beautiful at the same time. MccGuire uses the plumage from a diverse range of birds, including mallard, goose, peacock, pheasant, teal, woodcock, woodpigeon, quail and grouse amongst others. 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.

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