The exquisite porcelain sculpture of artist Kate MacDowell combines elements of human and animal anatomy to exemplify the concept of memento mori - the theory and practice of reflection on mortality, the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.
“In my work, this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. My pieces are responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and genetically-modified crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech, and other cultural touchstones. Aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations, which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world. The union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we, too, are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices." – Kate MacDowell