Above: Sluice 2009: Site specific installation, pigeon feathers, felt, glue and polystyrene. 4.5 x 2.5 x 5m. Click image for larger view.

Above: Rile 2009: Site specific installation, pigeon feathers, felt, glue and museum cabinet. 180 x 60 x 60. Click image for larger view.

Above: Rile 2009: Detail. Click image for larger view.

Above: Wrest 2009: Mixed media with pigeon feathers. 85 x 60 x 60. Click image for larger view.

Above: Stifle 2009: Mixed media with dove, white pigeon feathers in antique white dome. 71 x 71 x 37cm. Click image for larger view.

Above: Vice 2009: Mixed media with pigeon feathers in antique museum cabinets. 183 x 64 x 48. Click image for larger view.

Above: Vex 2008: Pigeon feathers, polystyrene, felt, glue and museum cabinet. 183 x 110 x 61. Click image for larger view.

Above: Vex 2008: Detail. Click image for larger view.

Above: Brood, 2008: 23,000 chicken wishbones. 540 x 700 cm. Click image for larger view.

Above: Brood, 2008: Kate at work. Click image for larger view.

Above: Brood, 2008: Detail. Click image for larger view.

Above: Brood, 2008: Detail. Click image for larger view.


KATE MCCGWIRE IS AN ARTIST WHOSE NATURAL, RECYCLED ANIMAL PARTS (feathers, chicken bones, etc.) are reconstructed into new forms. I like them. Having just seen the movie Avatar 3D, her round soft feathered pieces remind of some new life form—a sleeping bird of some kind—ready to unfurl itself and rise up. Her chicken bone wall pieces however, at first glance bordering on simple decorative pattern, reveal something more dark—like an arranged killing field. Bones always signify death, no matter how you arrange them.

Read more on her Web site here.

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