Kate MacDowell is an artist whose work is a series of porcelain sculptures of bizarre themes. Her artworks’ cute appearance juxtapose their macabre content, as the artist depicts bunnies, birds, frogs and other creatures only to highlight the darkest parts of their existence.
Playing with metaphors and allegories, MacDowell uses humor and her exceptional skills to form her small, appalling but extremely attractive sculptures. “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,” she writes on her website.