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Daphne

 Daphne
 Kate D. MacDowell
 Hand built porcelain

Artist's Statement:
My work borrows from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In each piece, aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with aspects of the natural world. In "Daphne," Bernini’s sculpture of Daphne pursued by Apollo is transformed by one additional step: from woman to tree to clear-cut slash pile. The nymph’s distress now reflects a different kind of “rape.” Whether as ecofeminist analogy, a literal and symbolic deconstruction, an iconic artwork, or an alluring play of organic line and form, death and regrowth, I invite viewers to think about what is lost with environmental degradation, what sensory delights of texture and form are removed as we allow part of our body to be cut away.

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