Spaces in-between

The materials Kate MccGwire uses in her installations play at evoking a dichotomous way of thinking, seeing and feeling.

In the space between reality and fantasy Kate MccGwire’s work finds a comfortable resting place.

The London-based MccGwire creates surreal installations that incorporate the surreal into the everyday. There’s the large feather-clad “creature” that comes crawling out of a stove and serpentines that emerge from a fireplace.

Thousands of feathers are used to create the desired effect. These MccGwire sources from farmers and pigeon racers, washing and sorting them before turning them into massive installations.

MccGwire suggests on her website that her “practice probes the beauty inherent in duality, exploring the play of opposites - at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level - that characterises the way we conceive the world”.