Kate MacDowell’s Porcelain Explorations of Nature

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Kate MacDowell‘s handsculpted, porcelain creatures and plantlife look at both the vulnerability and power of the natural world. The artist says she choses “porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture.” MacDowell is featured in the Hi-Fructose Collected 4 boxset.

“In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment,” the artist says. “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.”

See more of the artist’s work below.

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