Kate Macdowell’s pristine white porcelain sculptures explore the clash between the natural and constructed worlds. Her gas-masked rabbit is given, in a fit of irony, a human-made safety device to protect it from a danger also made by people. Her work frequently focuses on the troubled relationship between the two elements and the uncomfortable discordance which has developed. The medium she uses creates an interesting tension between the at-times violently grotesque imagery and the smooth, minimalist surfaces of the sculptures. At times, the most graphic of images becomes almost hauntingly serene and delicate.
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