Natural connection

Kate MacDowell’s porcelain sculptures are both intriguing and disturbing. Her work explores the interaction between humans and nature.
Posted 11 Jan 11 By Design Indaba Craft Creative Work / Design News Comments

Kate MacDowell’s sculptures explore the idea of a romantic union with the natural world, versus the impact modern living has on the environment.

Her range of porcelain works depicts scenes that comment on the connection between humans and nature, while also encouraging viewers to think about the impact humans have on the environment.

MacDowell’s pieces are all hand-sculpted out of porcelain, as porcelain has luminous and ghostly qualities and the strength and ability to show fine texture. She adds: “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.”

Pieces included rabbits with gas masks, humans with multiple eyes, human limbs growing roots and ants infesting a human heart.