We’ve followed the work of sculptor Kate MccGwire for some time. This London-based artist describes herself as a “gatherer, a collector, a hoarder, and creator,” and what she creates is equal parts haunting and strange. Working with the molted feathers of colonized birds—pheasants, magpies and crows, to name a few—MccGwire constructs hypnotic works of sculpture. “I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate, question, duplicate, play and photograph” Says MccGwire of her work, which twists natural elements into something alien and at the same time, quite lovely.

MccGwire studied at the Royal College of Art in London, and her 2004 M.A. exhibition sold in entirety to Saatchi Gallery. Since then, she has exhibited at top galleries and museums around the world. In 2015 she exhibited at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, held residency Shenghua Art Centre in Nanjing, and created a large-scale floor installation entitled GLASSTRESS at the 56th Venice Biennale.

You may see more of Kate MccGwire’s work at http://katemccgwire.com/

Kate MccGwire, Hasp, 2015. Mixed media with pheasant feathers. Photo courtesy of JP Bland. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kate MccGwire, Hasp, 2015. Mixed media with pheasant feathers. Photo courtesy of JP Bland. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kate MccGwire, "Sybaris." Mixed media with crow feathers and quills in antique dome. Photo credit JP Bland. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kate MccGwire, “Sybaris.” Mixed media with crow feathers and quills in antique dome. Photo credit JP Bland. Image courtesy of the artist.

“MccGwire’s practice probes the beauty inherent in duality, exploring the interplay of opposites – at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level – that characterises the way we conceive the world. She does this by appealing to our core essence as human beings, to our senses and reason, and by drawing on materials capable of embodying different ways of seeing, feeling and thinking. The finished work has a consistent ‘otherness’ to it that places it beyond our immediate experience and so redefines the parameters of everyday reality.”

Kate MccGwire, "Red Tape," 2006. Installation at the Shenghua Art Centre in Nanjing. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kate MccGwire, “Red Tape,” 2006. Installation at the Shenghua Art Centre in Nanjing. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kate MccGwire's solo exhibition at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, 2013, in South Korea. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kate MccGwire’s solo exhibition at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, 2013, in South Korea. Image courtesy of the artist.

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“Beguile,” (2012) – Mixed Media with Crow Feathers

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“Brawl” by Kate MccWire (2015) – Mixed media with pheasant feathers

 

 

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Occulus (2013) by Kate MccGwire

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Installation View of Kate MccGwire’s Work

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“Plight” by Kate MccGwire (2014) – Mixed media with rooster feathers

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Mixed Media with feathers in a kitchen, Kate MccGwire (title unknown)

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Mixed Media with Magpie Feathers by Kate MccGwire

All Images courtesy of Kate MccGwire

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