Evacuate
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Evacuate, 2013
Site-specific installation
Mixed media with feathers (Mallard, goose, peacock, pheasant, teal, woodcock, woodpigeon, quail, grouse, French partridge, turkey and chicken)
400 x 350 x 120 cm (approximately)

Exhibited
Tatton Park Biennial, Cheshire (May-September 2010)
'House of Beasts', Attingham Park, Shropshire (2011/12)

Illustrated
Tatton Park Biennial catalogue, May 2010
The Times, June 5, 2010
a-n Magazine, July/August 2010
Contemporary Art Society, Tatton Park Review, July 2010

‘Kate MccGwire’s Evacuate [also] plays with the historicism of the mansion - this time focusing on the “behind the scenes” world of the kitchens. Thousands of locally sourced bird feathers, each taken from a species regularly cooked in the house ovens, are reassembled to create a new, uncanny “creature”. Horrifyingly beautiful, the installation suggests a new (or perhaps ancient) and menacing presence emanating from the cast iron oven. Coiling, pluming and creeping through the kitchen, the work feels weighty, meaty. The visitor is at once taken by the gorgeousness of the piece itself - the assemblage of “common” feathers presented as something completely exotic - and the shame involved in discarding objects of beauty in favour of a perfunctory dinner.’
Excerpt from Tatton Park Biennial catalogue, p12-13
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