The sculptures of Kate MacDowell have something of the fragility and beauty of the Asian porcelain artworks, each one of them bearing a story about the relationship of man and nature.
Every sculpture “incarnates” a word of wisdom, a myth, a moment in art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones related to the bond between humans and nature.
MacDowell chose porcelain as the perfect material to support and emphasize her perspective on the destructive relationship we humans have with the surrounding nature because “it highlights both the impermanence and fragility of natural forms in a dying ecosystem, while paradoxically, being a material that can last for thousands of years and is historically associated with high status and value. I see each piece as a captured and preserved specimen, a painstaking record of endangered natural forms and a commentary on our own culpability,” stated the artist.
As she stated in many interviews, MacDowell is deeply connected with nature and has always been preoccupied with the way we choose to treat it, cutting more and more the umbilical cord that brings us together with the environment we are living in.
Photo credits: Kate MacDowell