Then, in 2005, ‘sick with shingles, I walked into a shop that was running ceramic painting classes and it was immediately obvious that it was something I had to do’. Having worked with human hair in the past and now with donated pigeon, natural, undyed feathers, Kate Mcc Gwire creates visually striking art.While she has worked with earthenware as well as porcelain, her medium has always been the plate. The Royal College of Art MA graduate is based on a boat floating on the Thames, which helps her stay connected to nature.
For many years she worked as an art director/designer in advertising.
For spectators, an interactive experience awaits: birds, caught in the moment, watch us, ready to strike or to fly away; clusters of twisted vines and treacherous spikes draw us inside.
‘As my work with natural subjects becomes more detailed, so my subjects become more assertive,’ the artist states.
Ugly Lovely is a description to define something that might repel at first but then become beautiful.
Her headpieces from this collection are an ode to unconventional beauty.