Slick, 2010, Mixed media with magpie and crow feathers
and antique fire basket, 50 x 250 x 250cm
Retch, 2007, Mixed media with pigeon feathers, 200 x 120 x 70cm approx.
Vex, 2008, Mixed media with pigeon feathers
in an antique museum cabinet, 183 x 110 x 83cm
FINE (Fucked-up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional), 2012,
Mixed media with crow feathers in antique cabinet, 158 x 155 x 57cm
Shroud, 2013, Mixed media with mallard feathers and quills
in antique dome, 35 x 35 x 30cm
Call me enthralled. Her work just puts me in a different place. From her large installations to her more recent smaller works, there's something so mysterious about her forms. Using natural materials, mostly feathers, and putting them into antique display cases and glass domes gives them a sort of natural history museum or curiosity cabinet feel. And although the feathers appear soft and the colors understatedly beautiful, the shapes take on a menacing quality, like a coiled-up snake. The quills add a sharpness as if there's something alive and hidden inside those feathers, that if you got too close it would be unleashed. I love the juxtaposition of beauty and gentleness with the uncertainty of a possible threat or sharpness. Her large installations are creepy and beautiful at the same time, where the luxurious iridescent luster of the feathers only momentarily distracts from the way the unknown shape seems to slither out of the fireplace.
Lately her scale has become a bit smaller, but I'm really interested to see how she continues to explore scale and materials as she moves forward.
All images via katemccgwire.com - please, please go check out her fantastic site!