Kate MacDowell’s Art – Porcelain White Body Parts Sculptures

by Sherry Riter in Art  

Kate MacDowell’s porcelain art pieces reflect our human destructive practices against the environment and our vulnerabilities because of those actions. In one way, the art is beautifully crafted porcelain showing detail, but softly due to the medium. In another way, the porcelain sculptures are haunting with their irreverent combination of humans body parts and nature.

Invasive Flora

The cheekbone and flowing movement of the hair are awesome in Invasive Flora. Even the detail in the flowers and creatures are gorgeous, but it is unnerving to see the worm burrowing in the sculpted woman’s jaw line.

Kate MacDowell porcelain invasive flora_detail

Kate MacDowell porcelain invasive flora

Assisted Living

Kate MacDowell porcelain assisted living side

Kate MacDowell porcelain assisted living


I think that the sculpting of the head and hand are magnificent, but that many bees crawling all over the head is really scary!

Kate MacDowell porcelain buzz side

Kate MacDowell porcelain buzz


I can’t help myself. I just gotta say this…

This sculpture gives a great visual to the song by Little Anthony and The Imperials, “I think I’m Going Out Of My Head over you.”

Kate MacDowell porcelain daphne_side

Kate MacDowell porcelain daphne_detail

Kate MacDowell porcelain daphne_detail2

Cross Pollination

This sculpture makes my hands hurt.

Kate MacDowell porcelain cross pollination

Kate MacDowell porcelain cross pollination_detail

Canary 3

This is how my lungs felt when I had pneumonia a few years ago!

Kate MacDowell porcelain canary3


See the little inch worm on the wrist?

Kate MacDowell porcelain goblin_side

Kate MacDowell porcelain goblin_side

Goodbye Kiss


Kate MacDowell porcelain goodbyekiss_front

Kate MacDowell porcelain goodbyekiss_side


Kate MacDowell porcelain migrant_detail

Kate MacDowell porcelain migrant


Locusts really don’t need arms and hands. They can do plenty of damage just the way they were created.

Kate MacDowell porcelain locusts_detail

Taking Root

Kate MacDowell porcelain taking root


Kate MacDowell porcelain serpentine


This is not a plant I want to grow.

Kate MacDowell porcelain seedling_detail2


Kate MacDowell porcelain solastalgia


Kate MacDowell porcelain soliphilia


In all seriousness, I love the human heart. So the sculpture called “Venus” is my favorite. The heart is such a powerful organ, complicated, intricate and beautiful.

Kate MacDowell porcelain venus_daylit

Lighting this porcelain sculpture is absolutely beautiful to me regardless of the plants and bees. It looks mysterious just like a real heart. The mysteries of our heart – physical and emotional. The heart represents the beginning of life, the love of life and the end of life. Such a magnificent organ!

Kate MacDowell porcelain venus

If you would like to see more of Kate MacDowell’s porcelain white body parts sculptures, you can find them on her website.



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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Skip_D August 24, 2012 at 7:24 am

I don’t know which I like more – her artistic skills, or her creative imagination. Amazing work! Thanks for posting these amazing pieces!


2 The Redhead Riter August 25, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Myyyyyy pleasure! 🙂


3 Susanne August 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

Kate is a phenomenal artist, however her work is very creepy. I scrolled past the face being invaded by the bugs as fast as my fingers could take me. I had to “rescroll” for a moment after reading your caption of the I Think I’m Going Out Of My Head because I thought it was a riot that you could find humor in these pieces, as I was becoming more disturbed. I found solace in Soliphilia. I felt tranquil after staring at it. The lit heart is incredible. It’s so real. The plants and bees just add a certain dimension that takes you to another place, maybe the Twilight Zone. Kate is incredibly gifted, if you look at it strictly from an artist’s talent point of view, but her capacity to speak to us through her work is what separates her from so many others. Her voice and views are loud and clear. Wow!

Thanks for sharing and teaching me something new today. Pace yourself and you’ll make through the day! Be as good to you as you can be.


4 The Redhead Riter August 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm

“I scrolled past the face being invaded by the bugs as fast as my fingers could take me.” LOL LOL LOL LOL I could see you do this and it just cracked me up!

“I thought it was a riot that you could find humor in these pieces, as I was becoming more disturbed.” LOL I knew that many people were going to think the buggies were gross and I kept laughing out loud while I was writing the post.

Thank you for your lovely comments. I look forward to them every day!


5 mom August 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

This was gross, I could not bear to even look at it!!! What a waste of talent


6 The Redhead Riter August 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm


I knew you wouldn’t like the buggies, but I knew the porcelain would remind you all those thousands of teeth you’ve created!

No matter what it is, porcelain = Mom.


7 Joan August 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm

WOW, what creativity!!!


8 The Redhead Riter August 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm



9 Julie August 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Hi Sheri…I am not in the habit of critiquing other people’s work…but in this case I do find it disturbing, very disturbing. Who knows where it’s coming from within you but I do see you do have the talent to create beauty.



10 Sherry Riter January 19, 2016 at 12:03 am

You mean Kate MacDowell has a talent to create beauty.


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