creep week: kate macdowell

In the off-change Kate MacDowell ever finds her way over to this blog, please know that I include you in creep week with only the purest of intentions. I am in awe of your talent and you remind me to search for inspiration outside of my normal confines.

We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough.  We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. – C.S. Lewis.

Kate MacDowell has the above quote on the statement page of her website. I read an interview where she said she found inspiration in “environmental case studies based on online reading about threatened species, people’s snapshots of roadkill up on the web, contemporary artwork I come across online, and baroque marble tomb sculptures among other things.” I find her work poignant, thoughtful, delicate and beautiful. How do you react to these works, which are a statement on the response of the natural environment to humans?


  1. Well I don’t care if no one else commented or likes these; I think they are pretty awesome. I like the idea of pieces like this instead of cheesy cartoon spiders and cobwebs (which of course the dogs will just eat, and produce some sort of hybrid super fibrous poop).

  2. wao, creepy indeed but very powerful and interesting!

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