Kathryn Hunter & Kate MacDowell
Allen Priebe Gallery, UW Oshkosh
February 18 – March 18, 2021
Confluence is an exhibition with work by Kate MacDowell and Kathryn Hunter.
In Kathryn Hunter’s work multiple materials are utilized, to explore the subject through symbolism and visual narration. Red wool may touch emotion; a stitch may connect to nostalgia or illustrate a symbol; relief printing may present a pattern; paper cutting may offer a silhouette or shadow. Animals are characters, like those in the folktale tradition, reflecting on false prophecy, violence and pacification, truth and deception, cultural and wealth idolization, and the erosion of our surroundings. This work is an observation of America’s freedom while pondering the destructive nature of its people and their reactions to each other, physically and metaphorically.
Kate MacDowell’s ceramics pieces relate to our romantic ideal of the natural world and how it conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. Her works are responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones.