The Porcelain Sculptures of Kate McDowell

The Porcelain Sculptures of Kate McDowell sculpture porcelain environment ceramics birds anatomy

The Porcelain Sculptures of Kate McDowell sculpture porcelain environment ceramics birds anatomy

The Porcelain Sculptures of Kate McDowell sculpture porcelain environment ceramics birds anatomy

The Porcelain Sculptures of Kate McDowell sculpture porcelain environment ceramics birds anatomy

The Porcelain Sculptures of Kate McDowell sculpture porcelain environment ceramics birds anatomy

The Porcelain Sculptures of Kate McDowell sculpture porcelain environment ceramics birds anatomy

The Porcelain Sculptures of Kate McDowell sculpture porcelain environment ceramics birds anatomy

The Porcelain Sculptures of Kate McDowell sculpture porcelain environment ceramics birds anatomy

In her delicate crafted porcelain sculptures conceptual artist Kate McDowell expresses her interpretation of the clash between the natural world and the modern-day environmental impact of industrialized society. The resulting works can be equal parts amusing and disturbing as the anatomical forms of humans and animals become inexplicably intertwined in her delicate porcelain forms. Via her artist statment:

In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world. In others, animals take on anthropomorphic qualities when they are given safety equipment to attempt to protect them from man-made environmental threats.

Some of McDowell’s work is currently on display at the American Museum of Ceramic Art through January 26th, 2013 and you can see much more of her recent work in her online portfolio. If you liked this, also check out the work of Motohiko Odani. (via empty kingdom)