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Mixed media with pigeon feathers in museum cabinet

Entrance Hall

Courtesy the Artist and All Visual Arts, London

This striking piece - part bird, part snake - defies naturalists' attempts at categorisation. Coiled in a glass case from the V&A Museum, this grey-feathered hybrid conjures all the mythical and extinct creatures of humanity's imagination.

Vex alerts the visitor to the many representations of fabulous beasts that they will encounter in the

decoration of the house as well as drawing attention to the wonderful grey tones and illusions of the Entrance Hall.

Pigeons are a common sight across the Attingham Estate, so much so that they are considered pests and are shot by the farmers.

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.