KATE MACDOWELL

In the words of C S Lewis “We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough.  We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it”.

In Kate’s own words.  “Simpact 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”.

adoration

 

adoration

 

This is a sketch I have done, it forms part of a larger sketch of a mass of entwined bodies.   The idea came to me as I was doodling around on a piece of paper whilst chatting on the phone.  I saw this mass as a kind of huge conical shape rising from a wide based pedestal, sculpted from fine porcelain and glazed white.  Just like a huge cake !!  I hope to get around to doing that one day………………….  I love to paper cut but not sure this would transfer to that medium, perhaps I should try.