Kate MccGwire British, b. 1964

'I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate, question, duplicate, play and photograph'


Kate MccGwire's practice probes the beauty inherent in duality, employing natural materials to explore the play of opposites at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level. Growing up on the Norfolk Broads her connection with nature and fascination with birds was nurtured from an early age, with avian subjects and materials as a recurring theme in her artwork. Her work experiments with the binary notions of beauty and disgust, malice and tranquility, and the familiar yet otherworldly. 


Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2004, her uncanny sculptures have been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, London; the Museum of Art and Design, New York;  Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris and recently at Glasstress, an official collateral event of the Venice Biennale.