Friday, August 26, 2011


New work from British artist, Kate MccGwire entitled Corvid, 2011. Corvid is a seperntine, mixed media sculpture that measures approximately 48x130x59 inches and was formed using a mixture of crow and jackdaw feathers. Its muscular and nonconforming form suggests power, restriction and impermeability. The form is quite mysterious, and in my opinion, it plays with the idea of an infinite past. There is no beginning nor end to it. Corvid is now a part of the permanent collection of Charles Saatchi at the Saatchi Gallery, London.

Just to remind you in case you have not read my earlier posts, Kate MccGwire also does a couple of installation projects that ties in the surreal and the everyday experience. Her work is so unbelievably labor intensive and gorgeous. This specific installation below is called Evacuate and was crafted at the Tatton Park Biennale back in 2010. Comprised out of many feathers that would probably sum up the history of birds cooked in this kitchen at the Mansion, Evacuate brings together carefully thousands of locally sourced feathers gathered from pheasants, chickens, mallard, goose, turkeys, woodcocks, and peacocks to name a few.

As we can see, a massive feather-clad form oozes out of the stove, winds around itself, and is frozen on the cusp of enveloping everything in sight. At the same time, some serpentine forms spill out of the fireplace and bleed onto the floor.

As Evacuate takes over the room, we could see that this 'creature' focuses on something completely exotic and foreign (to me at least): the 'behind the scenes' world of kitchens.

Artist: Kate MccGwire | Photo by Tessa Angus and Barney Lidster

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