kate mccgwire: braided feather sculptures kate mccgwire: braided feather sculptures
nov 01, 2012

kate mccgwire: braided feather sculptures

‘splice’, 2012 by kate mccgwire mixed media with magpie feathers image courtesy the artist




kate mccgwire: lure all visual arts gallery, london from november 22nd through to january 26th, 2013



presenting her most recent iteration of meticulously fabricated feather sculptures, british artist kate mccgwire‘s will be exhibiting at all visual arts gallery in london on november 22nd, 2012. the work is an ongoing exploration of an unlikely medium, plumage, arranged in elegant cascades – each one probing the concept of beauty and form. her latest project ‘splice’ is defined by a large glimmering braid, an archetypal example of her work’s practice – appealing to emotion and sensorial faculties. much of kate’s work references freud’s ‘unheimliche’ (the uncanny, or, literally, the ‘unhomely’); the notion – to quote freud – of ‘a place where the familiar can somehow excite fear’. embracing material, structure and the artistic discipline,  mccgwire has once again entreated the senses to create playfully sculptural pieces.

detail of image of ‘splice’

image courtesy of the artist

‘slick’, 2010 magpie and crow feathers, mixed media and antique fire basket image courtesy of the artist

‘fine’, 2012 mixed media with crow feathers in antique cabinet image © ian stuart image courtesy of all visual arts

‘crave’, 2012 mixed media with magpie feathers image courtesy of the artist

feather detail of ‘cleave’ image courtesy of the artist

  • Not sure we have words in any language to describe the physical feelings evoked by simply looking at photos of her work. Imagine what it’s like seeing these in person.
    When, Kate, when are you coming to San Francisco?!?

    MkC says:
  • Breathtaking

    Ktax says:
  • So beautiful….the fireplace cersion was stunning, the white braid was pure—all of it achingly beautiful…more more more

    pasha says:
  • It is just cheap to make an art object of what is already intrinsically beautiful. No matter how you arrange it, the beauty is not from the artistic creation but from the medium.

    Airborne says:
  • Bird friendly?

    Kaipi says:
  • Where did she get the feathers? It would be very difficult to legally obtain so many, especially from a source that doesn’t kill birds.

    "Name Required" says:
  • It´s like in prehispanic México,…Quetzalcóatl,…The Simbol of Wisdom,…
    (Quetzal-feathered—Cóatl-Snake)-Feathered Snake).
    Greetings from México.

    Mario-Oiram says:
  • It’s ok, her works are bird friendly, no arimals are harmed collecting the feathers.
    Her source of feathers come from bird enthusists around the UK, bird breeders and even individual who mail the feathers to her.
    The reason why there’s so many feathers is because bird moult (shed their feathers) about 1-3 times a year and most of the feathers are collected and accumulated. Although, there are a few exceptions, where IF crows and magpies become serious pests, farmers can shoot them. (i think…you should research it if you’re really worried)

    Anne says:

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