Art Ceremic: "Artifacts" by Kate McDowell
Porcelain Sculptures by Kat MacDowell
The work of Kate Macdowell and her recent collection of works, Porcelain Artifacts. Kate comes from Portland, Oregon and shows the mix of nature and humanity through a romanticized connection between the human body and the environment. Kate Macdowells inspiration comes from art history, greek mythology. Works are initially formed by hand from a solid piece of porcelain, smaller pieces within the main work are made individually. She is a master of composition, and is able to create wonderful scenes from what would otherwise appear to be a random jumble. Every shard is carefully placed to create something that is beautiful from any angle and have a refreshing depth.
Kate Macdowell: 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.
Story by: Gabriëlle Voogt