I can’t get enough of Installation Art!! This artists name is Kate MccGwire and she works primarily with feathers such as Magpie, Pigeon, and Crow feathers. Pigeon feathers are her favorite to work with because she likes the idea of taking something that people generally thing is dirty “rat’s with wings“, and make something so beautiful out of it. She describes her installations as being “ dreamlike, but dirty, but animal, but sort of wooden“. They symbolize power and the art of enchantment.
Over the years Kate has built up a connection with racing pigeon societies all over the country. Once the pigeons molt about, 200 individuals send her envelopes FULL of feathers!
Kate’s inspiration comes from the river her work studio is located on. When the weather is bad the river moves as a torrent that has directional turning and churning which inspire her installations that appear to be flowing like water out of pipes.
My favorite thing about Kate MccGwire’s art would have to be the names. She says that she chooses titles for each of her installations that are “bodily, visceral, and immediate” . They all describe a certain feeling that anyone could have.
If you want to know more about Kate and her amazing installations, visit her site here!