Kate MccGwire plays with familiarity to excite fear

“I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate
question, duplicate, play and photograph”, is Kate MccGwire’s statement.

Kate Mccgwire’s work plays with the concept of beauty. Much of the work of this fascinating, Norwich born artist is based on Freud’s “Unheimliche”. The idea, to quote Freud, of ‘a place where the familiar can somehow excite fear’.

She doesn’t necesarily view beauty as something that gives pleasure to the eye.

She believes beauty can be something that discomforts you based upon dilemmas. When you see her work, you will feel an immediate inner reaction. It makes you question things, objects and life. The reaction you feel is unexplainable and does not fit to the common rules of conduct of today whereby we try to be rational and have reasons for everything.

The impure materials and objects she uses may seem ordinary when viewed singular but when placed in a circular position or many at once, the object looks completely different.  Take a look at her work and judge for yourself and maybe you will find beauty in the unexpected.





And if you are a fan already and are in London at any chance in October, her next exhibition will be shown at The Trinity Church.



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