feather sculptures by kate mccgwire
 
feather sculptures by kate mccgwire feather sculptures by kate mccgwire
jan 25, 2012

feather sculptures by kate mccgwire

‘quell’, 2011 by kate mccwire dove and pigeon feathers and mixed media in an antique japanned cabinet 159 x 87 x 55 cm all images © tessa angus and courtesy of all visual arts

 

 

 

london-based sculptor kate mccgwire has created a new collection of feather sculptures including ‘guile’, ‘lure’, ‘seer’, ‘quell’, and ‘yearn’. each piece is a winding and lively, yet, frozen shape formed from plumage, making her body of work seem at once both graceful and deadly. the fantastical forms are made from thousands of wing and tail feathers gathered from many birds including those of pigeon, magpie, goose, teal, pheasant, duck and woodcock, collected and sent by mail from farmers and pigeon racers. the sculptor’s time intensive process results in a collection which appeals to our necessary human duality– each organic piece  possesses both an evil and attractive quality. these most recent works are comparatively smaller to her large-scale installations, each one existing as an imposing creature-like shape, writhing as if it were alive. the obscure sculptures are free-flowing forms  which invite the viewer to witness each piece as an object that is both made of nature, but unable to spontaneously exist within  in the natural world. ‘I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate, question, duplicate, play and photograph.‘ -kate mccgwire

additional view of ‘quell’

 

‘lure’, 2011 crow feathers and mixed media in an antique mahogany cabinet 159 x 56 x 55 cm

the movement of the feathers in ‘lure’ make the piece a lively work

‘yearn’, 2011 mixed media with mallard speculum feathers in antique mahogany cabinet 46 x 51 x 23 cm

views of the quill-filled drawer both opened and closed

detailed view of ‘yearn’

‘guile’, 2011 mixed media with pigeon and dove feathers in antique black cabinet on black table 67 x 71 x 39 cm

a view of the precise flow of feathers in the curve of ‘guile’

‘seer’, 2011 mixed media with crow feathers in antique mahogany cabinet on black table 101 x 63 x 63 cm

‘caché’, 2011 mixed media with pigeon tail feathers and antique trunk. 53 x 64 x 39 cm

detailed view of ‘caché’

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

art news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
486,358 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
privacy policy