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Game bird feathers coming out of pot on range


Courtesy the Artist

Evacuate plays with the "behind the scenes" world of the kitchen. Thousands of bird feathers, each taken from a species such as pheasant and grouse, regularly shot and cooked, are here re-assembled to create a new "creature". Creeping and spilling out, the work feels weighty, meaty and unsettling.

The visitor is at once taken by the gorgeousness of the piece itself - the assemblage of "common" feathers presented as something completely exotic - and shamed by the discarding of objects of beauty in favour of a perfunctory dinner. This piece is a reworked version of the Tatton Park Biennial 2010 installation commissioned by Parabola.

Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire explores the idea of duality in her work. There is a sense of ‘otherness’ about it: a feeling of unreality that clashes with the earthy and substantial mass of its appearance. It is at once beautiful and unsettling. In her making process, MccGwire says, “I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate, question, duplicate, play and photograph.”

Kate MccGwire has an MA in Sculpture from the Royal Academy of Art. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions in London and abroad, including shows in Berlin and New York.