Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cheers to Kate MacDowell: I am not the only one who loves to make deformed frogs out of clay

So one of the finest Illustrators I have ever met - Micheal Perez   (and his work is also found at:  http://www.christophe-m.deviantart.com/    and another:  http://mcad-perez.tumblr.com/)- drew my attention to this artist's work - and as much as I am nerping out on the similarities on her work and mine - I'm just even more and more impressed the more I look - because she's better than me - by  a lot.  I love Kate MacDowell's work and how each image is altered and yet also connected to current cultural images.  She's also using clay (porcelain) and even adding light to her sculptures


 "canary""lure""venus"
 Images taken from Kate MacDowell's Portfolio on her website:  http://www.katemacdowell.com/portfolio.html

She's even using the same little put your own hand in it (human body parts) in the work .  I am pleasantly nerped out.



"cycle"  "The Cycle"  http://www.katemacdowell.com/cycle.html



Image and terrifying research about pesticides found here:  http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-9-24/60085.html   I took this image  - it is not my own!  But I have used these same guys often.  I love this image.

The Masses:  By Abbi Allan
http://abbiaallan.com/artwork/896400_detail_shot_of_the_Masses.html

"firstandlastbreath"  
"First and last breath" :
http://www.katemacdowell.com/firstandlastbreath.html
By Kate MacDowell

http://blogofsound.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/becauseimawesme.jpg 
Album cover to one of my most favorite bands - the Dollyrots

But in all seriousness - her craftsmanship, content, her everything - just AMAZING!!!
For anyone interested in blending Science and Art Imagery -- I highly recommend Kate MacDowell's work!
"romulus and remus" top view
"communicable"
 Kate MacDowell  Communicable, 20“x15 ½ “x5 ½ “, hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, 3/2009

Ohhh - and she totally beat me to the Bat topic....  
you can learn more about that at Science Friday's website:  http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/200804185



this is a Science Friday Video!!!  check out more at:  http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/200903063



She writes about her work a(this is her ARTISTS STATEMENT I TOOK DIRECTLY FROM HER WEBSITE_ RATHER THAN PARAPHRASING  -  I CUT AND PASTED THIS  _ THIS IS NOT MY OWN!!! You can find the whole statement at:  http://www.katemacdowell.com/statement.html

"  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.  In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices."


Check out her work - and now I realize I have to work on my website big time!!
"a billion heartbeats"
A Billion Heartbeats, 5"x5"x1 ½", hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, 9/2009
"breaking"   
Kate MacDowell Breaking, 6"x3 ½"x2", hand built porcelain, resin, 7/2008

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