Figurative and boldly colored, Christina West makes sculptures that combine both serious and playful subject matter. Often, she employs scale to disorient her viewer and emphasize a certain sense of isolation. West contradicts their feeling of quiet loneliness with her loud palette. She paints her sculptures in a hot pink or bold white, a reference to the classical figures that inspire her. Take a look at her latest series, “Intimate Strangers”, after the jump.
Portland, Oregon-based artist Kate MacDowell (first featured in HF Vol. 15) will present a new series of ceramic sculptures at Miami’s Mindy Solomon Gallery on April 10. A reflection on the toll human activity has taken on the environment, her solo show “Completely Exposed” features porcelain sculptures of various species. “My newest work explores our physical and psychological relationships to the animal kingdom,” MacDowell writes. “Whether as proxy, trophy, raw material, or mythic symbol, animals currently occupy a space in our subconscious which layers history, fable, and an awareness of species fragility.” With species going extinct at alarming rates over the past 40 years, “Completely Exposed” is a timely and urgent rumination on the state of our planet.